A new state-of-the-art Life Sciences building for the University of Sussex, designed by leading architecture practice Hawkins\Brown, has been approved by Brighton & Hove City Council. The new building remains true to the vision of the university’s founding architect, Sir Basil Spence. Hawkins\Brown’s saw the value of the material palette of existing listed buildings in the site’s context, with the aim to combine this inspiration with modern construction techniques. High quality precast concrete and scalloped brickwork express the identity of the building as a world class 21st Century science facility. Set over five floors, the new development will be built to the highest environmental standards, with green roofs to reflect its South Downs surroundings. Further, the building’s façade is punctuated with generous areas of glazing to connect with the mature down land setting the institution is known for.
The building’s open plan teaching and research labs are designed to foster a collaborative environment, encouraging molecular biologists, zoologists, neuroscientists, pharmacologists and chemists to carry out research alongside each other to develop new scientific insights. The plans also include four open courtyard spaces and an internal street, which serves as the main point of circulation.
A new Bio-Innovation Centre will serve as a hub for growing bio-medical businesses, strengthening the university’s partnerships within the industry and creating jobs in the region.