AUB has completed a £17 million investment project, which took place from 2014 – 2016 across the campus. The main developments include…
New Photography Building
Offering flexible teaching space, IT suites and a Lecture Theatre, the new four storey extension to the Photography department forms a new gateway to the AUB Campus. A new entrance foyer and spaces for display connects the proposal to the existing building it adjoins. The design of the scheme has been informed by photographic processes, the principle facade features an array of digitally printed glazed fins that act as a filter to reflect, diffuse and moderate daylight into the building interior.
The building form is a black box with apertures forming roof lights, windows and ventilation louvres, allowing controlled natural light and air through the atrium and circulation spaces providing low energy environmental control.
The Drawing Studio is the first of its kind to be built in the UK since the 1900s and has been designed by Professor Sir Peter Cook (AUB Visiting Professor and alumnus). The design of the studio celebrates four aspects of light — central themes in looking and drawing — to include a large north-light in the studio tradition, a rear clerestory that throws a softer light back from the rear wall, a discrete and even softer light that filters from beneath the bench on the east side and, finally, a graded wash of light that comes along the curve of the entrance porte clochere via the glass entrance door.
Student Services Building
This is a new, dedicated space to meet with the Student Services team and student advisors. The Student Advice and Student Union building includes office space and meeting/consultation rooms and will be linked to the Facilities Building via a striking sculptural steel canopy.
Other Development Projects
The BH12 Halls of Residence buildings adjacent to the Drawing Studio have undergone major refurbishments to transform the spaces into Make-up, Modelmaking and PrepHE studios.
The building formerly known as Enterprise Pavilion, now University House, next to the campus’s main entrance has also undergone a major refurbishment.
University House now accommodates the Vice Chancellor’s Office alongside the Human Resources, Marketing, International Development, Widening Participation, Short Courses, Room Booking and Quality and Standards teams. In addition, the building has the retail offerings of Uniprint and the new AUB campus shop.