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Hawkins\Brown wins approval for £54.3m biomedical block at Warwick University

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Coventry City Council has approved plans by Hawkins\Brown for a ’flagship’ £54.3 million biomedical block at the University of Warwick   

The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building at the heart of the Gibbet Hill Campus will house 300 biomedical researchers from the university’s School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School. 

According to the practice, the five-storey scheme includes a ’central lab village core’ and ’open-plan write-up areas’ with naturally lit ’office space and collaboration zones’ planned for the building’s perimeter.

The proposals, which aimed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, also feature a 400-seat lecture theatre as well as a large public entrance, café and exhibition space.

Jade Pleass, project architect at Hawkins\Brown, said the building would have an ’exposed part-concrete, part-glulam and CLT frame’ and feature precast concrete cladding and anodised aluminium fins.

She added: ’This mature and robust palette demonstrates the university’s commitment to achieving high-quality design and maximising the use of offsite manufacturing methods.’

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Hawkinsbrown uni of warwick ibrb (5)

The building is expected to open in 2020.

Other major projects at the University of Warwick include Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ £33 million Faculty of Arts, which the practice won ahead of rival bidders including Foster + Partners and Grimshaw in early  2017.

Project data

Location: Coventry, UK
Sector: Education
Services: Architecture, Interior Design
Type: New build
Client: University of Warwick
Status: Construction
Completion date: 2020
M+E Engineer: Hoare Lea
Structural and Civil Engineer: Peter Brett Associates
Landscape Architect: B|D Landscape Architects
Project Management: Turner and Townsend
Value: £54.3million
Cost Consultant: Mace
Lecture Theatre Consultant - Charcoal Blue

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Ibrb warwick model 1

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