COVENTRY UNIVERSITY’S FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING OPENS

Arup Associates, Coventry University

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Arup Associates, Coventry University

EXTERNAL PHOTOGRAPH © SIMON KENNEDY

Arup Associates, Coventry University

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“I am delighted to have this new home for the Faculty. Our students can look forward to advanced, innovative education, informed by the latest research and driven by the need of employers. Once again Coventry leads and inspires, and the future looks great.”... Paul Ivey, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing

The new 15000m2 Engineering and Computing Building (ECB), for the Faculty of Engineering at Coventry University, is complete and ready for the students’ arrival at the end of September, following a 90 week Design & Build Contract.

The architectural and engineering design by Arup Associates is for an open and accessible flagship building, which aims to bring together education, industry, and research; and to accommodate and transmit the Faculty's progressive new project based pedagogy1 for teaching engineering, computer science, and mathematics in a move away from transmission style teaching.

With an environmentally led design, the concept for the building is an illustration of the balance of science and nature, utilising technology to reduce the impact on the natural world. The BREEAM excellent rated building design is intended to be a littoral representation of the factors influencing design, so that in itself it can be used as a living tool for teaching students.

Supported by a state of the art IT backbone, the design also intends to create an ideal collaborative learning facility which reinforces the bonds with the Automotive and Aerospace Industry, which is a strong local tradition for the City of Coventry.

The building includes extensive workshops, a wind tunnel testing facility, lecture theatres, communal interactive spaces, teaching spaces, academic offices, and a roof top experiment area.

More details can be found on the Coventry project page.

Arup Associates, Coventry University

INTERNAL PHOTOGRAPH © SIMON KENNEDY

Arup Associates, Coventry University

INTERNAL PHOTOGRAPH © SIMON KENNEDY

Arup Associates, Coventry University

INTERNAL PHOTOGRAPH © SIMON KENNEDY