The facility will be comprised of a dedicated new-build component and refurbishment on the western edge of the main, creating more than 10,000m2 of research and teaching space.
It will be carbon neutral, supporting the aims of both the university and the practice.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios was awarded the design contract following a competitive dialogue process, managed by RIBA Competitions, which received applications from practices across the UK.
They created a concept design which would transform the western edge of the main campus to form an attractive central green space as part of the overall masterplan.
The vision of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, to design outstanding buildings that inspire those who work within them, mirrors our own aspiration for this new facility. It also marks an exciting first step in our long-term campus masterplan, unlocking opportunities to make our whole estate more inviting and inspiring for everyone connected to the university. This new facility will create a space where students, researchers and industry come together to develop new ideas that enable society to meet some of its most pressing global challenges. By encouraging innovation in engineering and design, we can be at the forefront of supporting regional and national industrial strategies, now and in the future.
Pr. J. Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth.
We are proud to have won the RIBA competition for the University of Plymouth’s Engineering and Design facility with a scheme that will promote creativity, cross-disciplinary collaboration and wellbeing and is in line with our shared sustainable design goals. Our proposals create an open and connected building that will house a wide range of teaching and workshop spaces for the engineering and architecture schools The scheme retains the 1979 Babbage Building, extending it volumetrically to create a series of interlocking parts. On the upper level, terraces connect visually to the landscape and provide additional outdoor teaching spaces. We are looking forward to developing our plans in close consultation with the University, to deliver a new western gateway at the threshold of the University and the City of Plymouth.
T. Jarman, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
A full planning application for the new building will now be developed, and the estimated timescale for completion is summer 2022.