Design Engine has won the contract to design a teaching centre at the University of Winchester’s West Downs campus
Planned to complete in summer 2018, the 7,500m² building will feature a library, lecture theatres, classrooms, meeting room, café and gallery.
The Winchester-based practice is understood to have beaten off competition from firms including Hawkins\Brown and Rock Townsend to the job, which is expected to cost up to £21 million to build.
Richard Jobson, director of Design Engine, said ‘Ultimately we see the West Downs project as the most important building the university has commissioned to date and as such we are passionate in our desire to help the university deliver a landmark scheme on this site.’
Confirming the project win, the evaluation panel said the winning tender ‘was consistently comprehensive, compelling and demonstrated a passion for the delivery of the project’.
The Winchester-based practice has worked extensively with the university, having drawn up its estate masterplan and subsequently completed a £9 million student union project in 2007.
Earlier this year the firm revealed plans to extend and renovate the university Victorian Chapel - a £900,000 project which includes a new side chapel north of the existing building (see AJ 25.05.15).