Design Engine Architects

Design Engine Architects

Winchester, GB


Student Services Building, Arts University Bournemouth

A suite of new buildings providing improved and expanded facilities for the University’s Student Services, Student Union, and Facilities Management departments. Two-storey brick-clad new buildings, together with re-clad and refurbished existing spaces, provide improved reception areas, new staff offices and meeting spaces, including dedicated consultation and counselling rooms, and a GP surgery space, connected by a new foyer, stair and lift.

A sculptural steel external canopy extends over the road to visually link the new spaces, and well as identifying the building entrance and adding impact in defining a new approach to the AUB campus. The brickwork cladding and aluminium facades have been detailed to appear both contemporary and also integrate with existing buildings on the site.

Internal structure and finishes have been optimised for acoustic control, and care has been taken to select furniture and specify colours and fabric finishes that create a suitable sense of comfort and coherence to the building interiors that supports the atmosphere of communication and counselling which was at the heart of the clients brief for the project.

The Arts University Bournemouth is nationally and internationally recognised as a leading university offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance. This project is an initial phase of a master plan by Design Engine for the expansion and development of the Arts University campus at Wallisdown, Poole.

The construction system uses a innovative form of insulated concrete formwork, which together with triple-glazed facades, and bespoke mechanical and environmental systems, are designed to target ‘Passivhaus’ environmental performance standards, producing a highly insulated and air-tight building envelope that minimises the buildings energy consumption and running costs in use.

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Status: Built
Location: Poole, GB
Firm Role: Architect & interior designer
Additional Credits: Structural Engineer: AKS Ward
Specification Writer: John Ahern
Landscape Consultant: HED
Furniture Consultant: IZIT
Photography: Nick Kane/Jim Stephenson