Hawkins\Brown wins competition to provide new School of Architecture for Reading University\

A significant investment from the University will see the refurbishment of the existing home of the School of Construction Management and Engineering (also known as the ‘Lego building’) on Whiteknights campus.

We are delighted to have been appointed to carry out the work following an extensive tender process. Students will experience state-of-the art teaching, research and learning facilities. The building will be open-plan, with a variety of modern collaborative working spaces, providing a creative hub for innovative thinking. The re-imagined structure will also reflect the University’s commitment to sustainable design.

Adam Cossey, Associate at Hawkins\Brown and former University of Reading student said: “This is an exciting project and an opportunity to redesign this building working with the existing structure, not against it. The other challenge is to create a building that works for each of the four different academic disciplines to be housed there. Each department must have its own unique identity, but equally the brief was to create a ‘hub’ for these creative disciplines to come together, allowing students to get a cross-disciplinary experience.”

Once complete, the building will also accommodate the University’s School of Construction Management and Engineering, the Department of Art and the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication.

Construction will begin in January 2017, with completion scheduled for December 2018, subject to final confirmation from the University Council and planning permission from the relevant local authorities.

Professor Lorraine Farrelly, Foundation Professor in Architecture at the University of Reading said: “The refurbishment of this well-known building on campus is a unique opportunity. While modernising the building is key to this project, it is important to respect the original design. Hawkins\Brown has designed educational facilities across the UK, with innovative solutions for teaching and learning spaces. Our students will have an environment and experience that is second to none.”

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