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HASSELL reveals £14m Brighton advanced engineering centre

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HASSELL has been appointed to design an advanced engineering centre at the University of Brighton

The £14 million new building will be located at the university’s Moulsecoomb campus.

The appointment comes after the practice saw off competition from Hawkins\Brown and dRMM to win a contest to masterplan all five of the university’s campuses as part of a £150 million redevelopment scheme (AJ 30.10.14).

The 3,000m² advanced engineering building will include both new and refurbished accommodation providing facilities for mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering.

The scheme is being backed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which is contributing £5 million towards the project.

HASSELL principal Julian Gitsham, said: ‘Our goal is for the learning at University of Brighton to be more than just a transfer of information, and we believe the right building design can help achieve that. The learning environment should facilitate experiences, interact sustainably with the surrounding biodiversity, and above all, engage. This Centre will encompass the entire spectrum of learning in the field of engineering, from start to finish.’

Work on site is expected to start in August with the building scheduled to complete in December 2016.  

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