Case Study: Mountbatten Building, University of SouthamptonView/Download PDF Case Study
†In 2005 a catastrophic fire swept through the University of Southamptonís Mountbatten Complex destroying an important research laboratory.
Know for its world class reputation in electronics, computer science and nanotechnology, the University was quick to commit to replacing the complex as soon possible and we were appointed to project manage the process and help them achieve this.
The new buildings provide clean rooms, clean laboratories, optical and technical laboratories, research and office areas, social space and seminar rooms, major plant space, and an atrium reception which links the Mountbatten Building to the adjoining Zepler Building at all levels.
Managing the project sensitively in order to deliver a phased decanting from existing into new premises was of key importance to us. So, our Lead Project Manager was seconded to the University of Southampton and based on site at their estate offices throughout the development period.
We also devised and ran a design competition which resulted in the appointment of Jestico + Whiles as Architect. The stylish use of colour and form in the architectural design was commended by City Planners and later recognised by an RIBA award in 2009.
A striking aspect of the building is the cantilevered office which juts out over Burgess Road. This, along with the impressively high atrium with its glass curtain wall, will ensure that the Mountbatten Building will be celebrated as an architectural achievement, and a fitting home for the world-leading research which it accommodates.
- At the time of the fire the Chancellor promised that the building would be back in use within three years which the project team achieved.
- Much of the internet technology we use today came from the University of Southampton. The new Mountbatten complex will ensure that further technological developments can be made and Southampton will retain its reputation as a world leader.