Progressive faculty opens in Coventry
Recently opened by Princess Anne, Coventry University’s new 15,000m² Engineering and Computing Building offers an array of world class teaching facilities and has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Working on behalf of main contractor Vinci Construction, Traditional Structures fabricated the steel to an Arup Associates structural design and erected the frame.
The faculty is formed of two L-shaped blocks which are linked by a glazed entrance atrium at one corner. The lower southern four-storey block houses three lecture theatres, breakout spaces and the main conference meeting room.
The taller northern block accommodates a café, IT and electronics laboratories, staff and academic offices as well as research and common rooms.
A state-of-the-art engineering teaching facility for the 21st century has been created as the building accommodates flight simulators, an air traffic control room, car engines donated by Jaguar, full scale racing car prototypes, vibrating automotive suspension simulators, a full scale Harrier jump jet with wind tunnel and one of the largest cryogenic magnets in Europe.