Green light for uni’s new £29m en­gi­neer­ing build­ing

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

COVEN­TRY Univer­sity is about to ex­pand again thanks to plan­ning con­sent for a new £29mil­lion en­gi­neer­ing build­ing.

It has been de­signed by the same peo­ple who cre­ated the state-of-the-art science and health build­ing opened by Prince Wil­liam and Kate last month.

It will be the third build­ing de­signed by Broad­way Malyan for Coven­try Univer­sity and has now re­ceived plan­ning con­sent.

The build­ing, ECB2, will be the se­cond used for the Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing, Elec­tron­ics and Com­put­ing.

ECB2 will pro­vide a fo­cus for science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) out­reach and en­ter­prise ac­tiv­i­ties and will com­ple­ment the Arupde­signed ECB1 - the fac­ulty’s ex­ist­ing teach­ing block which opened in 2012, which will be linked to the new build­ing via a new cov­ered bridge.

The new four-storey build­ing will pro­vide a range of learn­ing spa­ces that will in­clude a gam­ing and vir­tual re­al­ity stu­dio, a spe­cial­ist area for 3D print­ing and rapid pro­to­typ­ing, a laser fa­cil­ity, and physics and elec­tron­ics lab­o­ra­to­ries, all de­signed around a full height cen­tral atrium con­fig­ured to pro­mote stu­dent and staff col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The build­ing’s ex­te­rior will be grey brick and con­crete and Andrew Goldthorpe, as­so­ciate at Broad­way Malyan, said the clean and un­der­stated de­sign ap­proach was a re­sponse to the myr­iad ex­ist­ing styles within the univer­sity cam­pus.

He said: “The build­ing sits ad­ja­cent to ECB1 and the Fred­er­ick Lanch­ester Li­brary, both very dis­tinc­tive build­ings in their own right. Our ap­proach was to cre­ate a build­ing that was not try­ing to com­pete with its neigh­bours but in­stead tie the dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­ture to­gether.

“ECB2 will of­fer a dif­fer­ent aes­thetic but with a com­pli­men­tary pal­ette that of­fers a calm­ing ur­ban in­flu­ence on this prom­i­nent site with a stun­ning in­te­rior that will de­liver another world-class learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the univer­sity.”

Ray Farmer, aca­demic dean of the Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing, En­vi­ron­ment and Com­put­ing at the univer­sity, added: “This new build­ing will al­low us to ex­pand our in­no­va­tive and in­spir­ing teach­ing and re­search spa­ces for stu­dents and staff in the Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing, En­vi­ron­ment and Com­put­ing.

“Con­nect­ing the new build­ing with our ex­ist­ing en­gi­neer­ing build­ing will al­low a seam­less in­te­gra­tion of the fa­cil­i­ties, en­hanc­ing the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence. We are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties that this ad­di­tion to our fac­ulty es­tate will bring.

Work will start on ECB2 in the sum­mer and it is hoped the build­ing will open its doors to stu­dents in au­tumn 2020.

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