We were appointed by Harper Adams University for this laboratory extension project to increase the practical teaching facilities and provide six new teaching spaces including flexible laboratories creating new modern facilities to complement the Universities existing laboratories. The new facilities link to the existing labs with a circulation zone that provide a disabled and service lift for the facility, along with new reception and staff office and research areas.
Collaborating with the University, we researched a number of new University Science buildings in the UK to understand how the sector was reflecting the growing importance of STEM subjects in new facilities to attract students and researchers. At first floor level the window arrangement reflects the internal desk layout, the mass of this floor is broken up by using elements of zinc and areas of living green wall, a celebration of the Universities agricultural research agenda. Plants for the green wall have been chosen by the Universities horticulturalist to reflect local species as far as possible.