Two of the region’s leading built environment firms appointed to Teesside University Campus project
Award-winning Durham based architectural practice, Howarth Litchfield, and leading multi-disciplinary construction and property consultancy, Summers-Inman, have been appointed to the latest project for Teesside University.
The Buttery, as it is called, is the first project to break ground since the covid pandemic and marks the halfway point in the university’s £300m masterplan.
Howarth Litchfield has been appointed as architect and Summers-Inman as quantity surveyor and contract administrator for the £5m postgraduate student study centre.
The project, which comprises the design and extensive refurbishment of an existing two-storey building in addition to a new extension, will combine with earlier completed schemes to improve the campus and provide world-class student facilities.
Upon completion, The Buttery will provide presentation and social areas, media booths, office accommodation, collaborative working spaces, meeting rooms and a refreshment area to improve the quality of student study areas on campus. The new extension will provide a modern entrance feature to the building, visible from Borough Road and the Northern Gateway, whilst still retaining the buildings original features.
The building design has been carefully engineered to meet the university’s carbon reduction targets and the existing building is being upgraded to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Speaking of the design, Dave Pickersgill, Director of Howarth Litchfield said:
“This is a fantastic project for Howarth Litchfield. The university is dedicated to providing exceptional student facilities and they have a real commitment to reaching their carbon reduction targets. As a business, we are striving to be market leaders in our own approach to sustainability and provide sound advice to our partners, so it’s great to work with such a forward-thinking client in this respect.”
Andrew Rapmund, Associate Director at Summers-Inman said:
“This project is just another in a list of exceptional schemes at the university. We have had the privilege of working on ground-breaking projects such as the Net Zero Innovation Centre, the Cornell Quarter and the award-winning Student Life building, so it’s great to continue to be part of the roll out of their masterplan.”
Jill Thompson, of Teesside University added:
“Both of these companies are well-respected in the region, and we have successfully worked with them on previous projects. We know that The Buttery is in safe hands, and we look forward to realising our masterplan, providing world-leading facilities for this and future generations.”
The £300m masterplan includes upgrades to existing buildings in addition to new world-class facilities such as the award-winning Student Life building, the National Horizons Centre for biomedical research, an £83m investment into transforming student accommodation and improvements to pathways and thoroughfares on campus.
The Buttery is due for completion in September 2022. An announcement is expected soon about the preferred building contractor for the project.