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Unit 12 Headlands Business Park
project name | Bath Spa University "Commons"
location | Newton St Loe, Bath
client | Bath Spa University
project value | £28 million
contract | NEC03 Design and Build
project brief | The Phase 1 Academic building, commonly referred to as "Commons", accommodates high-tech, specialist facilities including studios designed to BBC standards; recording and editing suites; a learning commons, flexible teaching spaces; conference spaces; and staff facilities.
The building is located on a very sensitive site surrounded by historic context including a Grade I listed country house. Careful consideration of the scale, form and a sympathetic choice of materials ensure that the building sits comfortably in its surroundings.
Addressing the landscape is a key aspect of the design. The large central atrium is fully glazed both sides to enable connection of the landscape through the building. Internally, floor to ceiling windows and extensive use of internal glass partitions mean that occupants are treated to generous views of the Grade II* registered landscape beyond.
The building boasts some of the latest digital technology; a ‘media-wall’ occupies a prime space in the atrium and provides the university with the means to broadcast creative work with great visibility from both inside and outside. The exterior cladding of the studios incorporates light-boxes with phased colour change, enlivening the façade and helping connect the uninformed observer as to the function of the building.
The building has an EPC Rating A and is on course to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’.
appointment | December 2009
planning achieved | August 2011
start on site | December 2011
completion | January 2014
project status | RIBA Work Stage 7
cube_design team | Jane Lock-Smith, Shaun Hill, David Hannaford, Melany Wood, Tayseer Kardash
project team | cube_design (Architect) | Mann Williams (Structural & Civil Engineer) | Hulley & Kirkwood (Mechanical & Electrical Engineer) | Illman Young (Landscape Architect) | Sweett Group (Quantity Surveyor) | Skanska (Contractor)
awards | Shortlisted for Project of Year, Client of the Year, Sustainability, Integration and Collaboration SWBE 2014