For our first project at the University of Bristol, the brief for Faculty of Engineering Queen’s Building was to reconfigure and refurbish the main entrance and adjacent wings to provide modern accommodation that meets the expectations of students attending a world-leading engineering faculty. The new facilities include: a café; student study rooms; faculty offices and hand-in spaces; laboratories; and improved (and more inclusive) welfare facilities.
Faculty of Engineering, Queen’s Building
Attracting the next generation of engineers
During an intensive pre-construction phase, we engaged widely with key university stakeholders to capture the brief and incorporate applicable university standards. Modelling the scheme in Revit, we coordinated our architectural layouts and interior design concepts, created furniture schedules and finishes boards for sign off. Room Data Sheets, also created from the model, acted as the key point of reference with architecture, M&E and all fittings clearly identified.
References to engineering are included in materials used throughout the scheme. The revitalised main entrance is particularly successful; original timber panelling and stone-faced walls are retained alongside a welcoming new reception area, including a showcase feature wall displaying typical engineering materials suggested by the client team.
The café and student study rooms provide a variety of seating areas for meeting and eating and enjoy 24-hour access by students. Large existing windows on the north elevation provide excellent light to the space and the high ceilings give the room a bright airy feel. The 24 hour access also provided us with some interesting design considerations, as we were assured that students can be a little mischievous when left to their own devices!
Photos courtesy of Jesse Alexander/John Perkins Construction.
Elspeth studied at the University of Bath, winning the DKA award in 2009, and the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University, where she subsequently returned as an External Reviewer. Before joining DKA as an Architect in 2017 she worked within both small firms and large international multidisciplinary design practices. This varied experience has generated adaptable skills in a broad range of project sectors.
Rebecca joined DKA in 2007 and has worked across all sectors, initially in a technical capacity and now leading our interiors team. This mix of technical and interiors experience has provided Rebecca with a well-balanced approach, with designs offering both creativity and practicality. She has a Masters in Environmental Psychology which developed her awareness of the impact design can have on people’s experience of the built environment. Rebecca is our expert in dementia-friendly design and believes that good design can help to empower all building users.