Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University

Leading the large multi-disciplinary project team, Scott Brownrigg has developed the vision and the design for the new Spark Teaching Building for Southampton Solent University in close consultation with a wide range of the University’s stakeholders and focus groups. The £33m development is conceived as an academic hub and showcase for excellence in learning, teaching, research, innovation and student achievement. The building provides a ‘mixed economy’ of teaching and learning spaces. Utilising the existing topography of the site, two large destination lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre) are located below the main atrium level. Accommodation is arranged over five storeys around an impressive, full-height atrium space with a stunning ‘Solent Red’ pod at its centre and a high definition digital media wall at the far eastern end. The Pod ‘welcomes’ students, staff and visitors to ‘The Spark’ and has a curvilinear lecture space at its heart and an open break-out area on top with commanding views over the atrium / East Park. The atrium unifies the new and existing buildings whilst providing a major arrival space, social learning areas and a venue for large events including presentations, graduation ceremonies, gala dinners, exhibitions and fashion shows. Overall, the design of ‘The Spark’ simultaneously conveys a sense of permanence, dynamism, openness and transparency. The new teaching building is one of the seven ‘Very Important Projects’ identified in the Southampton City Centre Masterplan.

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

The scheme has also been featured in Architects Data File.

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