Technology Hub

Edge Hill University

This fast track scheme created new and refurbished teaching spaces over three storeys incorporating specialist laboratories for computing and science courses. Located in a conservation area within the campus overlooking an avenue of lime trees, the Technology Hub is a low-carbon building allowing users to step into a virtual space.

Offering high quality space for learning, the Technology Hub is a key resource for over 600 students including:

  • CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) the UK’s first super immersive 3D virtual environment
    innovative biotechnology laboratories
  • Harvard style lecture theatre
  • giant 3D interactive teaching screens
  • knowledge exchange
  • food science facility
  • enterprise hatchery for new business ideas.

The four-screen CAVE offers students and businesses the chance to fully immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios. Replicating reality, such as emergency situations, complex surgery and laboratory experiments in 4k resolution, the facility also supports the expansion in Digital Creative and Food Science including bioinformatics, product design and prototyping.

Housing specialist laboratories and big data servers for research, the building also features a programmable child-sized robot. A ‘tech sandpit’ brings together students and business to discuss challenges and ideas which are developed using expertise from across computer science and biotechnology.

The original Levens Building, located behind the Technology Hub, was retained and refurbished internally with a glazed link connecting it to the new facility comprising a steep inclined roof to the eastern elevation. Demolition of an existing single storey rear section of the former Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Centre formed the final phase of the works.

Edge Hill has over 16,000 students who enjoy modern facilities and accommodation including undergraduates, post graduates and local businesses with a particular commitment to widen participation into higher education and graduate careers.

Client: Edge Hill University

Value: £7.3m

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “

1907

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