University of Essex

The University’s vision was to transform redundant boiler house space within its Wivenhoe campus into state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for its ever increasing student population. The practice was engaged to find a creative solution to maximise the space’s volume and to deliver modern seminar rooms and a theatre rehearsal studio.

The client’s brief presented an engineering and design challenge to provide an inviting, modern interior scheme with adequate lighting and ventilation, while observing the University’s commitment to sustainability. The practice also faced a tight and challenging timetable to complete the project within the academic year.

To implement the client’s vision, we introduced a mezzanine level to provide 20 state-of-the-art seminar rooms and a theatre rehearsal studio. The finished scheme maximises available space, lighting and ventilation requirements, providing a bright, modern space and teaching facilities for the University.