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1388 - The University of Winchester, West Downs Campus


A £40m new landmark building at West Downs Campus for the University of Winchester. The project consists of three interconnecting buildings housing five levels of teaching space, double height galleries, a library and a restaurant and 250 seat auditorium.

Key Features 

  • The three buildings are interconnected across a site-wide basement, with a total area of 80,000sq ft. Foundations are RC pad footings into chalk.
  • The main teaching block is an exposed RC flat slab on a 9m by 9m grid. Various transfers mean that the 72m long teaching block only has two internal columns at ground floor. 
  • The feature roof of the library is created using steel trusses to create a 30m wide 60m long column free first floor. 
  • A large soakaway beneath the landscaped courtyard attenuates surface water, before draining into the underlying chalk, providing a low-impact SUDS solution.
  • A BREEAM excellent project.

Client: University of WinchesterArchitect: Design Engine Architects

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Andy Heyne