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Life Sciences Building, University of Southampton


The University of Southampton commissioned NBBJ Architects in London to design them a new Life Sciences Building on their Highfield Campus.

BAM’s design for the Life Sciences interprets, in bricks and mortar, Southampton University’s desire to be a leader in inter-disciplinary research. Building 85 itself is at the forefront of sustainability and contemporary design, and unites scientists of different disciplines in an environment where the equipment and facilities represent the cutting edge in specification.

The seven-storey building houses the Schools of Biological Sciences and Medicine as well as the new Institute for Life Sciences. The purpose-built laboratories, offices and teaching spaces provide 300 researchers, teaching and support staff with a superb working environment. The building materials have been carefully chosen and the internal design uses natural lighting and ventilation wherever possible. The atrium walls are lined with bamboo, which is highly sustainable and offers excellent acoustic control, and air-tightness which was a particular goal.

Elite’s role was to provide all the ironmongery for this unique project and it went on to be an RIBA Award winner, 19 May 2011.