Won – as part of a national design competition – the Ingenuity Centre houses local and national start-ups and small enterprises in areas such as Big Data & Digital, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Energy. Companies based here are able to take advantage of The University’s leading centres of excellence and the ready supply of high-quality postgraduate students.
Bond Bryan created a simple – and relatively deep plan building form – that has maximised the limited space available for the project in order to control the overall height of the building and create efficient floor plates. An atrium heart-space dominates the centre of the building’s interior, enabling daylight to penetrate the floor plates and allowing easy visual links all across the building – joining up the building visually as well as collaboratively. Externally, and through careful consideration of the fenestration/cladding pattern, texture and colour, the design reinterprets a more traditional built form, thus creating a welcoming and exciting building – a typology that is designed to clearly reflect the aspirations of the University.
The refurbishment of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building (KLB) was a crucial part of implementing the Masterplan for the University College London’s Bloomsbury Campus.
The Engineering Heartspace represents the culmination of the Faculty of Engineering’s Development Framework at the University of Sheffield.