As the new academic terms get underway at Higher Education Institutions, we’re busy embarking on a range of exciting projects in this sector with a number of new commissions in our order book.
At Leeds Trinity University we are engaged upon five projects to support the University in expanding the student experience. Having developed the University’s campus masterplan we are working on a new 228 bed student accommodation block, which is currently on site, a flexible teaching and learning centre, student hub and catering extension.
The schemes at Leeds Trinity have been focussed around extensive engagement sessions with the Estates Department, students and staff. We have taken the ‘students and staff as clients and collaborators’ approach, using social media platforms Pinterest and Twitter to gauge feedback directly from end users.
Jefferson Sheard was the highest scoring architect on Lots 1 and 3 of the recently published framework at Sheffield Hallam University, a fact which is testament to our ongoing commitment to collaboration and stakeholder engagement with our HE clients and our understanding of evolving pedagogical practices, but also our offer in ways in which we can develop and share BIM expertise with the client team.
Josh Jackson, our BIM Development manager and Architectural Technologist commented:
“Building Information Modelling is all about collaboration plus client engagement and we’re pleased to be sharing our expert knowledge with Higher Education estates departments. Through working collaboratively, we are able to deliver a data rich and end-user orientated BIM, meaning that this asset can be used throughout the whole lifecycle of a project including its facility management.”
The Student Accommodation scheme at Leeds Trinity is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in July 2016 and the Teaching and Learning Centre has recently been submitted to Planning, programmed to start construction on site in May 2016.