This project leads the University of Surrey’s ‘Innovation for Health’ campaign, which addresses the demand our ageing population places on the health service. The aim is to deliver skilled graduates who can develop technologies, such as remote monitoring and personalised care, not currently available in our health care systems. The Engineering for Health Learning Lab moves educational facilities in STEM Disciplines to a new level commensurate with future industry and societal needs.
University of Surrey
Guildford , United Kingdom
The project accommodates science, technology, engineering and mathematics in flexible ‘super labs’, open plan social learning environments, formal teaching spaces, offices and seminar rooms. The design’s efficient square form opens two glazed facades to the campus while closing inactive facades to accommodate service risers in the gable walls.
The fully glazed elevations provide uninterrupted views across the university’s green recreational fields. A deep canopy to the south facade shades the double height entrance space where students mingle and network.
The 5GIC and IFH sister buildings overlook the Great Lawn or PAT’s Field, the two buildings forming a compositional gateway for the campus that has swiftly become an iconic symbol of the University for students and visitors.
Building Information Modelling was used by Scott Tallon Walker in the preparation of both the design and construction information for two neighbouring new build buildings in the University of Surrey. Despite the 5G Innovation Centre and the Innovation for Health buildings not requiring the use of BIM to accord with the Employers Requirements, STW chose to complete both projects though Revit.
The use of BIM allowed early 3D visuals of the two concepts be communicated effectively to stakeholders and end users leading to enhanced engagement and early buy-in from the client.