The Student Hub
PROJECTS / Education
The Student Hub will exhibit and accommodate the University’s 24/7 life, and provide the best study environment for both the students and the staff. The 4,000m2 building houses a 500-seat lecture theatre, multi-function studio space, 120 cover ‘Wagamama-style’ teaching restaurant, 200 individual study spaces, bookable classrooms and seminar rooms, touch-down study spaces, and roof terraces.
The large multi-function spaces are located on the lower floor of the building. The lecture theatre and studio are flexible spaces which can be used for teaching in the day, and transformed into performance and event space outside of formal teaching hours. A ‘market square’, located in the courtyard fronting the building, acts as an extension of the ground floor. The space accommodates markets, concerts and events, encouraging connectivity between the learning inside the building and the community outside.
Positioned on the key gateway corner is the University-run learning restaurant; a public eatery and a place for the School of Hospitality to learn, experiment, research and exhibit. The upper levels of the building house the more private study and teaching spaces, including stop-off and touchdown spots as well as longer term private spaces.
The key to the success of this project was to provide a highly flexible building that balanced the need for formal academic spaces with vibrant social spaces where the students could feel at home. We placed huge importance on the briefing stages and ensured that the opinions and requirements of all the relevant parties were heard.