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A growing population at its Sutton Bonington Campus meant the University of Nottingham needed a new student amenities building to bring together all student services under one roof.
The Barn is at the heart of the campus and includes a bar, dining hall, common room, graduate centre, faith rooms, student services and a range of other facilities over three floors.
Its design has improved pedestrian flow around the campus and created a hub for students to enjoy.
The principal spaces in the building – the concourse, dining hall and the bar – are linked together by a generous staircase. The dining hall, the main focal point, has a capacity of 500 people.
Natural light is drawn in to the hall through a top-lit roof structure and a full height north-facing ‘great window’ ensures a light and airy feel as well as views across the 100 acre site.
The building features the creative use of ordinary materials. Traditional brick work techniques create openings in the walls that improve acoustics and create outlets for return air, providing natural ventilation.
The bricks also temper the heat that accumulates from large numbers of people arriving simultaneously, creating a comfortable internal environment improving the energy performance of the building.
Willmott Dixon Construction
University of Nottingham
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