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Competition: New Catalyst Building, Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University
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Staffordshire University is seeking architects to design a  6,500m2  landmark building on its main campus in Stoke-on-Trent

The team chosen for the estimated £2 million design contract will draw up phased plans for a mixed-use four-storey structure featuring two ‘chambers’ – one featuring flexible spaces for skills development, the other featuring a new library with catering facilities.

The New Catalyst Building project, planned to reach phase one completion in 2020, will replace existing buildings on the university’s main campus close to Stoke-on-Trent train station. The completed scheme will feature a large events space, digitally enabled learning spaces, a 24/7 study area, and a special collections store.

According to the brief: ‘This new project will provide a number of state of the art facilities. The university is looking for a landmark, iconic development which is attractive to students, employers and stakeholders; providing a positive boost to both student recruitment and the student experience on campus.’

Founded in 1992 through the amalgamation of several colleges, Staffordshire University today has around 15,000 students and 1,300 teaching staff. Along with its main Stoke-on-Trent campus, the university has bases in Stafford, Lichfield and Shrewsbury.

The new building’s two distinct elements may be delivered simultaneously or separately.

The first ‘chamber’ is planned as a flexible space for hosting apprenticeships and skills development courses. The scheme will feature an events space ready for video conferencing, and various learning areas intended to replicate modern working environments.

The second ‘chamber’ will feature a university library along with a 24/7 ‘learning commons’ facility, a café with seating for up to 250 people, and a special collections storage facility for books, maps, pictures, letters and other artefacts.

The deadline for applications is midday, 9 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Nigel Peake
Staffordshire University
College Road

Tel: +44 1785353316
Email: nigel.peake@staffs.ac.uk

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