Southampton Solent University has unveiled the first architectural visualisation of the new £25 million building that hails the beginning of major redevelopment that will transform the campus and the East Park neighbourhood.Designed by Scott Brownrigg and due to be completed in 2015, a spectacular atrium will form the central hub of the new teaching block. Measuring 18 metres across, it will include a multifunctional suspended ‘pod’ with a viewing platform above.The new building will provide centrally located lecture and seminar facilities, together with social and flexible space for exhibitions, shows and events. It will have state-of-the-art lighting, acoustics and equipment. Beneath the atrium there will be a series of underground lecture theatres, one of them arranged in an oval ‘Harvard’ style. The new structure will sit alongside the Sir John Everett Millais building and will be linked to the rest of the East Park Terrace (EPT) site through the atrium, opening up the campus for easier circulation.It will be naturally ventilated with a high environmental performance designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
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