bpr has recently visited the construction site of the highly anticipated Forum North, a new £11 million Science and Technology Centre at Middlesex University.
This office-trip provided an opportunity to reflect on the design development, particularly the dialogue that is now beginning to emerge between the defining features of the construction and their relationship with the University’s wider context.
As we toured the site we observed and discussed the different methods of assembling building components, as well as the intended functionality of each space.
Views from the roof of the 5-story structure provided evidence of its success in responding with the surrounding context and how it will enhance the overall experience of the campus. A coherent sequence of external spaces, linked by public routes, aims to improve access across the campus as it helps define the Forum plaza, a key space for the public realm of the University.
The exterior materiality, as well as its form, helps present the building with its own identity whilst maintaining a language with the adjacent buildings.
Overall it was a terrific day where it was made evident that ideas developed back in the studio are being realised on-site.
The completion of Forum North will undoubtedly give the University a facility to be fully proud of, will improve the quality of the campus, and will surely be another feather in the cap for bpr.