Accommodating unprecedented growth in Physics demand, the new annexe is designed to become a catalyst for excellence in STEM teaching and learning.
In response to a constrained corner site, the annexe is designed with accommodation stacked across four floors. The new building had to connect into the existing circulation and lift accommodation within the Schuster Building to provide seamless and barrier-free connections for all staff and students of the Physics department.
The Big Idea
Part of phase 1 of the university's campus masterplan, the Schuster Annexe has been designed to extend the Physics department; famed for where the material Graphene was isolated by Nobel-prize winning professors in 2004.
At the heart of the building is the Ideas Mill, an innovative flexible teaching space that extends the possibilities for new teaching modes and professional skills in the department. The Ideas Mill will also extend the outreach activities of the department and provide a venue for schools and industry.
The building delivers circa 2,500sqm of accommodation across four floors, organised with the Ideas Mill and breakout spaces at ground floor, two linked floors of teaching laboratories and project spaces, and a top floor of academic office accommodation. The annexe is designed to connect into the existing circulation and lobby entrance within in the Schuster Building, providing seamless connections with the academics and student’s occupying other parts of the Physics Department.
The annexe completed in October 2017 and the design was delivered to BIM Level 2 requirements.