University of Strathclyde, Livingstone Tower Glasgow, UK
RIBA Higher Education Design Quality Forum ‘Small Budget, Big Impact !” winner in 2011.
A redesign of internal spaces for a Department of Mathematics and Statistics located in a 1960s tower building. Sheppard Robson first gained an in-depth understanding of the Department’s culture, aims and objectives through stakeholder engagement and analysis of the existing teaching, work and social spaces.
Subsequent design proposals were based on the key principles of maximising natural daylight and views (and therefore reducing energy consumption), optimising teaching space flexibility (and therefore future proofing) and ensuring user comfort through control of heating, cooling and natural ventilation. The result is a range of spaces of different sizes, functions and qualities that allow occupants to work and teach in varying ways.
Large teaching spaces can accommodate cross-departmental activities but are also sub-dividable through the use of folding partitions (with a high decibel rating to achieve adequate acoustic sound insulation).
The use of internal glazed screens allows borrowed light to reach inner spaces, thus reducing the need for artificial lighting. All spaces were upgraded to current standards including Disability Discrimination Act requirements such as induction loops, signage and increased door widths.A building-wide colour scheme was also created as part of the project to give identity to the building as a whole and to aid wayfinding through the 15-storey tower.
- 3,445 m2