The University provided a clear brief in terms of how the building needed to function for current generations of students. But future flexibility is built in. For instance, by reducing the number of supporting columns in functional areas and installing some folding partitions, spaces can easily be reconfigured as needs evolve.
Early in the design process, whole-life carbon emissions were assessed in detail. This led to the choice of sustainable materials wherever possible. For example, the façade features high-quality stone, quarried locally.
Planning for quality
First and foremost, the building is a teaching facility for healthcare professionals.
So BAM invested a great deal of time in creating the BIM 3D model to ensure that all the mechanical and electrical (M&E) services associated with fume cupboards, medical areas and ‘Containment Level 2’ labs (used for work with medium-risk biological agents and hazards) were co-ordinated effectively could be installed to a high standard.
This upfront planning was also key to ensuring that there is good access when it comes to the all-important on-going maintenance of the systems.