Work gets underway on Nottingham Trent University’s new flagship building on Brackenhurst Campus

Angelina Padovano
Work is underway to construct an iconic Reception and Environment Centre (REC) at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus.

Faithful+Gould, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is providing project management and cost management services for this flagship building, having also provided pre-contract multi-disciplinary design services. SNC-Lavalin acquired Faithful+Gould, as part of WS Atkins plc, on July 3, 2017.

The building, which is due to open for September 2019, will include a reception with a prominent entrance, acting as a welcoming focal point to the campus. The environment centre, adjoined by a linking entrance foyer, will provide world-class teaching, learning and research into major global challenges around the environment, ecology and conservation. Exhibition and information space will showcase campus research, teaching and activities to staff, students and members of the public. It will also include a café and dining area, a 200-seat lecture theatre with retractable seating, staff offices and state-of-the-art teaching and research rooms.

“Commencement of this building marks an important milestone for the development of our campus,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, dean of animal, rural and environmental sciences at Nottingham Trent University. “It is the central component of our five-year plan to transform the campus. It will deliver an iconic gateway building to provide a sense of arrival on campus, to host events, and to support excellence in research and teaching in the broad area of sustainability.”

The eco-friendly design, with sloping hipped roofs to complement the adjacent Brackenhurst Hall, includes a mezzanine and roof garden and external spaces for staff and students to cultivate.

Reception and environment centre

Paula Marritt, senior project manager in SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business, commented: “We’re proud to be supporting the University’s ambitious plans through the provision of project and cost management services for this flagship building. Our appointment further cements our reputation and expertise as a leading integrated project and programme consultancy in the education sector.”

The redevelopment will also help the University to build upon its sustainability credentials and to showcase the campus as an integrated working farm and university, focused on a sustainable and carbon-neutral future.

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