Durham University – Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science
GSSArchitecture were appointed alongside Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver Durham University’s new £40m Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, within the grounds of the Upper Mountjoy campus, which forms part of a masterplan to provide improved infrastructure and additional teaching and research space.
This cutting-edge new building provides office space to both professors and PhD students, in addition to having a number of specialist labs, including a Heavy-Duty and an Open IT Lab with designated server room. The building will also house a 120-seat tiered lecture theatre, tutorial rooms, café, flexible event space, enterprise hub, meeting rooms and breakout spaces. Following an official opening ceremony on the 18th March 2021, these spaces are now available for use by staff and students at the University.
With a close working relationship with the University for over 15 years, we have an in-depth understanding of their key requirements and long-terms strategies, which was greatly relied upon throughout the delivery of this key building. The sustainable focus of the project encouraged a fabric first approach to design, with the aim of achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating through the use of photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation and other sustainable practices.