Solent University

Solent University


Solent University

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The Brief

We developed the vision and design for this new academic hub to showcase excellence in learning, teaching, innovation and student achievement. The transformational development provides a ‘mixed economy’ of teaching and learning spaces and replaces all centrally timetabled general teaching accommodation on the campus.


We arranged accommodation over six storeys around an impressive full-height atrium which unifies the new and existing facilities, functions as a major arrival space and is a venue for major events. Using the topography of the site we designed lecture theatres below the entrance level.


We created a ‘Solent Red’ pod at the centre of the atrium and a HD digital media wall at the far eastern end. We developed the brief and design working in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, resulting in a transformational development that informs, reinforces and embodies the University’s strategy, vision and brand. The Spark is highly accessible, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated and key construction elements were prefabricated off-site.

Reinforcing Solent’s commitment to equality and access, The Spark has the largest proportion of agile spaces and furniture compared to others within the sector.

"The design of ‘The Spark’ simultaneously conveys a sense of permanence, dynamism, openness and transparency."

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