Coventry University Hub is a 24hour ‘one stop shop’ where students can access social learning and support facilities as well as retail and Students Union.
The building sits on a prominent site within Coventry’s cathedral precinct. It forms the heart of the student campus incorporating a wide range of student services to appeal to a diverse student population. The facilities include a venue, bars, cafes and dining, wellbeing, support services and retail units. The building provides extensive social and informal learning zones to provide students with a ‘home’ on campus allowing them to access healthcare, counselling advice on employment and enterprise opportunities. The building also includes a multi faith centre and employability and careers suite.
A key space in the building is the Informal Learning area: 2600sqm of flexible floor space conceived as a place for work and play. Bespoke furniture helps sub-divide this space and provides semi-private areas for group working. A state of the art, flexible IP backbone featuring wireless networking and a laptop loan service allows student access to information anywhere in the building.
Managing energy costs in a building with many varied users constantly throughout the day can be difficult, but the BREEAM excellent HUB will be energy efficient and easy to run. It is largely naturally ventilated and daylit, has a ground source heat pump, photovoltaic’s and a PIR controlled lighting system.