GreenSky Thinking\

The concept for the Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University is unique; the entire building is designed to be a vehicle for research and investigation for urban sustainability. Hawkins\Brown was excited to invite an audience to their studio to discuss the project we are designing, in collaboration with Buro Happold on 22 April.

Professor Stephanie Glendinning, the project’s Academic Champion, spoke about the history and context of the project and how the Building as a Lab concept was developed. Buro Happold responded, talking about the integration of the various sustainable themes that run through the design, including how the development of the bespoke Sustainability Framework has been managed with the academic users.

Hawkins\Brown explained how the architecture had been designed around the principles of collaboration, transparency and integration of extremely varied research groups, to enable flexibility, now and in the future years. Integration of architecture and servicing has formed a large part of the design development and this was explained by the Buro Happold MEP and Building Physics team.

An engaged audience, including Victoria Thornton of Open House and Hattie Hartman from the AJ, debated the merits of the approach and congratulated the team on the design so far.

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