To support the Universities vision of providing state of the art learning and investing in new teaching spaces across our Campus. The building design takes architectural inspiration from other areas of campus such as the Ziggurats and the Lasdun Wall, both designed by Denys Lasdun.
Why is Building 60 being built?
Why are extra teaching spaces needed?
To support a spirit of collaboration and discovery we are providing teaching spaces and laboratories which can support multiple faculties, where social learning and creative interaction can flourish.
What impact will Building 60 have on traffic and transport infrastructure?
Deliveries for the site are scheduled to limit excessive traffic. The installation of utilities and services will require some road and car park closures at times, including changes to bus services.
What are we doing to make the development sustainable?
The use of post-tension slab - reducing the use of concrete in the build - and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) will ensure construction is as sustainable as possible. Likewise, recycled plastic will provide IPS panels to toilet blocks and the feature timber to the atrium and balustrade is sourced locally through a local subcontractor.
Building 60 will be served by the main district heating system and make use of photovoltaic panels in its glazing specifications, which will reduce solar gain and therefore cooling costs. In addition, top soil across the site will be reused, reducing transport costs but also retaining nationally rare plant species such as common Mullein – Verbascum Thapsus.
When will the building be open?
The crane which has been in place since April is due to be dismantled and removed from site now following the topping out ceremony honouring the placement of the final structural beam on the £31 million building.
The structure which will hold the black zinc shingles on the west side of the building is taking shape and many of the windows are now in place.
The stairways which form part of the main atrium on the eastern side of the building are also in place as the interior of the 4500m2 building takes shape.
Considerable progress has been made on Building 60.
The building is essentially weather tight and is also connected to the district heating system, allowing Chancellors Drive and the West Car Park to reopen just in time for Open Day.
Internals walls are beginning to go up inside the building and the ground floor teaching spaces are taking shape.
The feature wall, which will run through the buildings atrium on the Julian Study Centre side of the building, is in place and the final finish has been agreed upon.
Although each lab is designed to cater for each scientific discipline to maximise teaching space, the tecnical spaces for each discipline will remain seperate.
Easy access to these technical spaces will be available via the two sets of lifts on each end of the building.
The concrete frame first floor has been erected ahead of schedule, and progress on the second floor is well underway.
In particular the contractor, R G Carters, are really excited about a huge concrete feature wall with a bespoke finish, and 8 metre high feature columns across the main entrance to the new building.
Over 7,000 zinc shingles were recently placed on order together with the specialist corten steel, which requires a specific natural weathered finish.
The R G Carter team continue to work closely alongside the Estates Division on items such as mechanical and electrical design, checking the details to the fume cupboards, and cooling and integration of the audio visual design.
This month will see the arrival of a virtual reality cave on site, alongside laboratory furniture mock-ups for the UEA laboratory users to familiarise themselves.