Grimshaw to establish much-needed cornerpiece to Southampton University's Boldrewood Campus
The Southampton Maritime Centre aims to create a world-leading hub for innovation, business and education. It will unite the University of Southampton and Lloyd’s Register in a unique collaboration focusing on marine engineering and engineering sciences. The redeveloped campus on the university's 4.3 hectare Boldrewood site is Grimshaw’s largest European university project to date.
The campus is located at a key junction leading into the city. The new buildings in Phase 1 will be the most prominent, seen when entering or driving past the revitalised Boldrewood Campus. These buildings will set a new quality benchmark for the redevelopment, designed to respect the campus’ suburban parkland setting.
Demolition is now well underway and enabling works complete, including the installation of a new access junction to Burgess Road. The construction of a Technology Centre for the Lloyd's Register Group will follow together with an Engineering Building for the University, a shared Maritime Institute between the two and soft landscaping screening new car and cycle parking. Each of the buildings have been designed to create simple orthogonal blocks with strong clean lines as a foil to the adjacent trees and rolling lawns. They have been developed with efficient layouts grouped to promote healthy interaction between conference, training, library and collaborative spaces.
Grimshaw’s design replaces the substantial science block in the centre of the site with a formal collegiate lawn. Working closely with Land Use Consultants, mature landscape features have been preserved whilst accommodating existing topographic levels. The retention of existing vegetation and appropriate new planting will enhance biodiversity on the site with new parking zones constructed using permeable paving. This hard and soft landscaping will include a sustainable urban drainage system within a high quality pedestrian environment.
Phase 2 will include five further education buildings served by a new ring main connected to a centralised heat and power unit. The completion of Phase 1 in 2014 will define a new way of delivering engineering education and research, transforming the Boldrewood Campus into a ‘Maritime Centre of Excellence’ ultimately enhancing Southampton’s status as an international maritime city.