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Brunel University launches £50m learning faculty contest

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Brunel University London has launched a design competition for a £50 million learning and teaching centre in Uxbridge, west London

The ‘high-quality, light, contemporary’ facility will replace the 1968 John Crank building (pictured) on the university’s main, suburban campus.

Once complete, the new structure will form one side of a sunken ‘quad’ featuring the Grade II-listed Central Lecture Block, the Brutalist-style Halsbury Building and the recently over-clad Hamilton Building.

The university says it ‘wishes to appoint an innovative and creative architect with a track record of successful programme and budget management.’

‘The primary objectives are to create a building which will “lift the spirit” and make an exceptional contribution to the built environment on campus. This is aimed at attracting the brightest students and staff and also conference delegates to raise income and showcase the university’s many outstanding educational and research endeavours.’

Brunel University, founded in 1966 and named after Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, focuses on a range of technology and arts subjects and has more than 12,900 students and 2,500 staff.

Its 79ha campus was masterplanned by Sheppard Robson in 1965, and includes a range of buildings in the Brutalist and High-Tech styles. It was used as a location for Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and the television series Spooks.

The new building, which will aim for a BREEAM Excellent rating, will be expected to act as a hub for public engagement and a student heart for the campus. The design should also have interior spaces that ‘encourage a diverse range of teaching, learning, quiet and social activities helping to foster collaborations, engagement and new learning initiatives’.

The project is part of a £150 million investment over five years, which will also deliver a new engineering complex and a sports and wellbeing centre nearby.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the contract, which is expected to be worth up to £2 million. Finalist teams will each receive a £10,000 honorarium for participating in the design phase. The building is planned to complete in 2020.

The deadline for applications is noon, 24 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Brunel University London
Kingston Lane

Email: procurement@brunel.ac.uk


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