The University of Plymouth is looking to reinforce its reputation as an innovative centre of excellence for engineering and design research, teaching and learning.
A competitive dialogue process has been launched today by RIBA Competitions, seeking possible designs for an iconic new Engineering and Design facility on the western edge of the main Plymouth campus.
The new facility – a key component of the University’s Campus Masterplan – will involve a dedicated new-build component and refurbishment of the 1970s Babbage Building, creating more than 10,000m² of research and teaching space.
It will combine re-equipped laboratories with modern, state-of-the-art resources that will enable engineering research to underpin the fourth industrial revolution, and create the attractive environment necessary to attract and retain high-calibre staff and students.
It will also inspire the development of new inter-disciplinary activities in teaching, learning and research, and nurture the innovative graduate engineers demanded by future society.
The new building will complement existing world-class facilities on campus – already used extensively by students, researchers and industry – and support initiatives including the Supergen ORE Hub, created with £9million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and iMayflower, recently awarded £3.5million by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.