Physics Refurbishment

Physics Refurbishment is now Completed

The project has created a world class teaching and research environment which enhances the public face of the Physics department, improving the learning and working environment for students and staff and supporting future growth.

The Physics building was originally built in the 1960s and was left substantially unaltered since construction. It had a ‘sixties feel’ and was considered outdated and required modernisation.

The design brief was developed in consultation with the Physics department through regular working groups with student representatives, researchers, technicians, teaching and administrative staff.

The building now features improved sustainability and accessibility, making use of natural light and ventilation throughout. As part of the project, all levels of the existing building have been refurbished and a 2 storey atrium added.

The four large teaching labs have been modernised, bringing them up to the highest contemporary standards. These labs have become showpieces for the department, helping teaching and learning as well as assisting with future student recruitment.

One of the highest priority goals of redevelopment was to create a social learning hub. The new atrium creates an environment to facilitate group working and enable remote studying.

Prior to the project the Head of Department, Professor Roger Jones, said: “This exciting project will allow us to provide an environment for students to match the excellent assessment they give of teaching in Physics. It will also mean that the important first impression of Physics for students and staff will reflect the cutting edge and vital activity within it, as well as providing modern working spaces for existing staff.”

Physics Avenue is now open releasing 23 staff parking bays and 2 disabled parking bays for use.

Reducing our impact on the environment

The Physics refurbishment targeted a BREEAM Excellent standard. BREEAM is a measure of the building's environmental performance and the effect it will have on the wider environment.

The key innovative and low impact design features of the building helping to achieve this are:

  • The extensive retention of the original building fabric
  • Upgrade to the external windows and roof to meet current building regulations
  • Extensively natural ventilation
  • Full replacement to mechanical & electrical services including replacement lighting installation and replacement heat emitters