Set within the historic curtilage of Francis Close Hall, the building had to be an exemplar design which responded to the surroundings. The design philosophy was to create a two storey copper clad building with a distinctive pitched roof which appeared to float over a masonry plinth at ground level. The architect wanted to create an overhanging first floor in order to make best possible use of the space and this required cantilevering a whole staircase off the end of the building. The building had a high environmental agenda and achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’. We also successfully designed the foundations to ensure minimal disturbance to the adjacent trees.
University of Gloucestershire : Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios : £1.6m
Photography: Paul Grogan