The Spark wins Best Student Experience category at the Education Estates Awards


Scott Brownrigg is delighted to announced The Spark building at Southampton Solent University has won the Best Student Experience category at the Education Estates Awards held 1 Nov 2017.

The awards recognise excellence in the education built environment and the win reflects the successes that the Practice is experiencing in pushing innovation and the student learning experience within the education sector.

The 10,000 sq. m Spark building designed by Scott Brownrigg is a major vehicle for institutional change and has revolutionised the teaching, learning and student experience at Southampton Solent University.

Ian Pratt, Director at Scott Brownrigg who was responsible for the design said: “We’re delighted that the Spark has won the Best Student Experience Award, it reinforces the importance of collaborative design, and from the architects perspective it reflects the importance of putting the user at the centre of the design concept. The Spark has revolutionised the student experience at Southampton Solent and is already helping to define and reinforce the University’s brand and reputation and to attract students from the UK and overseas.” 

Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University Professor Graham Baldwin says: “We are delighted that our Spark building has won the Student Experience Award. Since the Spark opened for teaching in September 2016, thousands of students have benefited from learning in its state-of-the-art classrooms. From a diverse range of backgrounds, these students are united in their pride at being part of a university which is making such a significant investment in their education – singling out the Spark as a point of excellence in course feedback surveys."

The ‘game-changing’ design for the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building provides a ‘mixed economy’ of teaching and learning spaces, which promote interdisciplinary activity and collaboration, and enables staff and students to see and share their learning and teaching experiences, knowledge and research.  These include gallery areas, balconies, ‘window-box’ break-out spaces and the centrally located ‘Pod’. The atrium provides a major arrival space with social learning areas and a venue for presentations, graduation ceremonies, gala dinners, exhibitions and fashion shows; along with an HD digital media wall to project updates on academic life at the University. Unifying the new and the existing, the atrium breathes life into the adjacent John Everett Millais Building.

Scott Brownrigg are also delighted The Spark was Highly Commended in the Project of the Year Category too.

Watch a video of The Spark at Southampton Solent University.

Watch an animation of the Spark being designed by the Scott Brownrigg team.

"We're flying high at Solent".