Bond Bryan Associate Director, Zubin Masters, will be speaking at this year’s Education Estates Conference on 18–19th October 2016.
The presentation – “Transforming an Estate into a Learning Landscape for the Future” – looks at one of Bond Bryan’s recent projects: The University of West London.
The formation of the Future Campus Masterplan for the University of West London, was driven by the University’s brief to exceed the high expectations of the “millennial student”. The educational priority was to create world-class university buildings that were open and approachable to the community, to attract students through student-led learning environments, to provide better quality social space and to foster a strong sense of community for staff and students alike.
The initial problem seemed impossible at first glance: the 30,000m2 existing estate was constructed over the last 80 years and was in varying states of disrepair, with priorities for investment at the very centre of the occupied campus. The key element of the project involved demolishing a central building and replacing it with a new vibrant ‘Heartspace’, comprising of a Library, flexible Performance Centre and new student facilities. The daylit atrium, at the heart of the campus, offers a permeable accessible space that is populated and “owned” by students whilst knitting the rest of the estate together. All of the buildings on campus have now been refurbished, internally and externally, to create a high-quality environment befitting a modern centre for learning.
Director of Property Services, Chris Fenner of the University of West London, will also be joining the discussion at 12:40–13:00pm on Day 2 of the conference on the on 19th October. (C&U 2016 D2)
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