University of Birmingham, Collaborative Teaching Laboratory Birmingham, UK
Sheppard Robson led the design of a unique and exceptional facility, the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL). A hub for science and engineering teaching, the CTL features multi-functional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.
Phase 1 saw a state-of-the-art engineering lab created within the existing mechanical engineering building. This was followed by phase 2, a brand new building in between biosciences and the learning centre on the university’s Edgbaston campus. This includes a wet lab, dry lab and e-lab, as well as an outreach space known as the Discovery Lab.
The CTL replaces traditional, discipline-specific labs, allows for a range of innovative teaching methods to be used, beyond the “classical bench laboratory” model. The use of modern, high-tech IT systems (especially virtual technologies) enhances laboratory experience and increases infrastructure sustainability. Furthermore, it reflects industry working practices by offering opportunities to practise inter-disciplinary working.
- University of Birmingham
- 6,700 m2
- RIBA - Shortlisted
- RICS - Highly commended