The Spark shortlisted for 2 Education Estates Awards

08.09.17

Scott Brownrigg is delighted to announce that The Spark at Southampton Solent University has been shortlisted by Education Estates for two awards including Best Project of the Year and Best Student Experience.

The Education Estates awards recognise excellence in the education built environment and both shortlisting’s reflect the successes that the Practice is experiencing in pushing innovation within the education sector.

The £33m Spark Building is conceived as an academic hub and showcase for excellence in learning, teaching, research, innovation and student achievement. The ‘game-changing’ design of this 10,000 sq m, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated building promotes interdisciplinary activity and collaboration; enabling staff and students to see and share their learning and teaching experiences, knowledge and research.

The Spark has transformed the campus, significantly enhancing the student experience and defining Southampton Solent University within the city and much further beyond on both national and international levels. The bold, ambitious and innovative design by Scott Brownrigg encapsulates the University’s strategy and vision and has set the benchmark for future development” says David Corless Director of Estates and Facilities at Southampton Solent University.

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

Key features including the Pod, the theatre steps below, the open galleries, projecting balconies, bridges, the pristine white screen walls, ‘super-graphics’ illustrating the University’s specialisms and sunlight entering via the linear roof lights combine to give the atrium a dynamic, engaging and uplifting character.

"We're flying high at Solent".

The winners will be announced at the in Education Estates Awards Dinner which take place on 1 November 2017 at the Mecure Hotel in Manchester.