The Hatchcroft Science Centre forms part of Phase two of the London Estates Strategy at Middlesex University and was one of only eight university buildings in the UK to have achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating when it was built in 2008. bpr acted as architect and lead consultant from inception, including client and stakeholder liaison to establish and develop the brief.
We undertook the detailed design, coordination and production information packages up to stage F for the client and were then novated to the contractor for site stages.
bpr were also retained by the client as technical representative during construction and subsequent refurbishment.
The design uses a mix of passive and renewable features, making up 20% of the building's energy contributions. The innovative new teaching and research science centre contains two laboratory wings, lecture theatres and is home to biomedical studies and micro-biology, psychology and sports studies for the School of Health and Social Sciences. It also accommodates specialist suites and observation labs for the School of Computing Science.
The building nestles between 3 listed buildings and unites the streetscape with the introduction of new public lawns. Hatchcroft is modern, fresh and adaptable, and transforms the wider campus environment by promoting public interaction and creating natural links between the campus itself and the public domain beyond.