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University of Southampton Centenary Building, Southampton

Modern yet timeless student hub increases Highfield Campus permeability

University of Southampton Centenary Building.
University of Southampton Centenary Building. Credit: Richard Battye

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for University of Southampton
Contract value: £35m 
GIA: 6,400m2
Cost per m2: £5,469    

These modern, shared learning and teaching facilities for the university’s Highfield Campus contain a 250-person lecture theatre, Harvard-style lecture theatre, nine seminar rooms, independent study spaces, computer room, MBA suite and a café. Part of the brief was for the student hub to increase campus permeability and connect into and regenerate its public realm. As a result, it acts as a focus to a sequence of terraces growing from the lower landscaped gardens to the upper ground.  The column-free nine and four storey wings of the BREEAM Excellent concrete frame building were built for durability and employ simple environmental systems. Reflective ceramic cladding and large-format fluted tiles give the building a modern yet timeless feel.

  • University of Southampton Centenary Building.
    University of Southampton Centenary Building. Credit: Richard Battye
  • University of Southampton Centenary Building.
    University of Southampton Centenary Building. Credit: Richard Battye
  • University of Southampton Centenary Building.
    University of Southampton Centenary Building. Credit: Richard Battye
  • University of Southampton Centenary Building.
    University of Southampton Centenary Building. Credit: Richard Battye
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