Catalyst Building
In Brief

University of Staffordshire

Stoke on Trent


November 2021

The Catalyst at the University of Staffordshire provides world-class services and settings to support students through their education and towards their employment.

The vision was for a building that is all things to all students, is relevant to all students, and fosters a busy student and visitor user base that supports the University’s objective of a ‘sticky campus’. It brings together social, study, teaching and support functions all under one roof, in a variety of settings that will invite, inspire and enable students, staff, employers and visitors.

The Catalyst is a modern, digitally enhanced social learning environment (complete with a library), a food court and flexible event facilities, the natural home for collaboration, innovation and engagement within the university and with the region’s employers. The building has been designed to have a bold and striking character, incorporating excellence in construction and sustainability that aligns with the University’s own pursuit of excellence in education.

The spacious landscaped campus setting informed the concept of a building amongst greenery, with a permeable ground floor plane allowing inside and outside to feel continuous and connected.

The Catalyst
Catalyst Building, Flexible collaborative hub

An important part of the project brief was the idea of a central commons for the University, a ‘catalyst’ space, to serve as a physical arena for the exchange and evolution of ideas, views, questions and solutions.

Prof Martin Jones, University of Staffordshire Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

A new blueprint for buildings within the University, the learning environment will be flexible, digital spaces, like we have never seen before.

Prof Liz Barnes, Former University of Staffordshire Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Architect: FCBStudios
Project Manager: Mace
Cost Consultant: Mace
Structural Engineer: Momentum Engineering
Building Services Engineer: Max Fordham
Acoustic Engineer: Max Fordham
Landscape Designer: Grant Associates
Flood Risk Assessor: Peter Brett Associates
Transport Engineer: Phil Jones Associates
Photography: Dan Hopkinson

FCBStudios team visit The Catalyst Building
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