Future Development: Phase 3

With further investment of around £80 million, the university commenced Phase 3 of its Hendon development in August 2009 to construct a new Art, Design and Media building. The exciting new building, plans for which have been described by the Greater London Authority as ‘world class design’, is being built behind the Town Hall in Hendon and is due to open in September 2011.

This new environmentally friendly building was designed by BPR Architects, to provide teaching, learning and research facilities for the university’s art and design students. The building and its facilities will reflect the unique identity of the university’s art, design and media students with a state-of-the-art, creative environment featuring the latest technologies. Relocation to the Hendon campus will also provide increased opportunity to showcase the work of students within the new building’s dedicated exhibition and performance spaces, as well as in other areas across the wider campus.

The building itself will vary in height between two and five storeys at different points, with an overall floor space of 15,460m2. Inside, students and academics will work in specialist teaching facilities, including art and design studios, digital media labs, workshops, photographic studios and darkrooms and TV studios as well as the more conventional seminar and teaching rooms, exhibition areas, offices and a cafeteria. Together with the new building, Middlesex University will also fund major improvements to the setting and quality of the open space and parkland in the immediate area leading to Hendon Grove including paths, terraces and landscaping focusing on enhancing bio-diversity and supporting local wildlife and bird habitat.

Key features of the new building include:

  • BREEAM Rating of 'excellent'
  • 18 workshops
  • Dedicated loan space for media equipment
  • 30 Studios
  • Soundproofed recording studio
  • 6 seminar rooms
  • News room
  • 7 small teaching rooms
  • Media studio
  • Impressive atrium exhibition space
  • Green room and dressing room
  • Internal courtyard
  • Digital darkroom and reprographics area
  • Multifunctional spaces
  • Cafeteria

Middlesex University has a long standing commitment to raising awareness of environmental issues amongst its students, staff and those it works with, focusing on how sustainability can be incorporated throughout the organisation. This commitment to sustainability is reflected in the art, design and media building’s architecture, which incorporates a range of sustainable features intended to reduce energy consumption and reduce the university’s carbon footprint.

These low carbon/low energy features include the use of sustainable and recyclable materials in the building’s construction, solar hot water heating, natural ventilation and night time cooling system, gas fired combined heat and power, sedum ‘living’ roofs, a mechanical ventilation system and daylight and occupancy sensors for artificial lighting.

The university aims to achieve its second BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’ for the environmental sustainability of the art, design and media building, having first been awarded this status in 2008 for the Hatchcroft Building.

Middlesex University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Driscoll commented: “Development of our Hendon campus is moving at a fast rate and construction of this new art, design and media building is the most significant move in our long-term plan to consolidate teaching and research at Hendon. Not only will it be Middlesex’s most modern building, but it has been designed so that students will have the space they need to work, think and create. Consolidating into one campus in Hendon means that students from all sorts of different disciplines can meet, exchange ideas and work together in a way that they haven’t been able to before. I can’t wait to see our students using the new building and its high-tech facilities”.

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