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The Stephenson Building:
World-Class Design


The Stephenson Building:
World-Class Design

Discover how our new £110m building will use sustainable design to create an open, inclusive, creative and entrepreneurial space for our engineering community.

Merging heritage with enterprise

The redeveloped Stephenson building will be the place for future engineers, researchers, designers, and visionaries to come together and tackle world challenges together.

Stephenson is the home for people who make things work.

An inventive team of architects, designers, engineers, and builders is transforming the current building. Built in the 1940s, it will become a state-of-the-art gateway to innovation and design.

Sustainable by design

We’re dedicated to making the world a better, greener place to live and work. 

The sustainable design for the new Stephenson utilises many initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of the project and the building’s life thereafter. 

The design reduces embedded carbon in the building fabric through: 

  • use of a timber structure for the fourth floor 
  • reuse of half of the current building floor space 
  • highly efficient use of floorspace 

Reducing in-use carbon

We're substantially reducing in-use carbon through: 

  • utilisation of the CHP (Combined Heat & Power) plant 
  • reduced heat loss using high air tightness levels 
  • minimised use of mechanical ventilation 

We're promoting more sustainable behaviours of occupants through: 

  • sustainability research and education 
  • office and IT support for virtual meetings 
  • reducing future need for travel 

Facilities for transformative research and innovation

Inspired by flexibility, collaborative working and digital infrastructure, the building’s research facilities will include: 

  • flexible research space to promote new interactions 
  • wet and dry labs and spaces located to promote synergies between hub activities 
  • permanent desk space for non-academic partners who wish to co-locate staff 
  • hot desks for staff from across the University and external staff on secondment 

Inclusive education spaces

The education facilities will enhance student experience and support blended learning. They will include: 

  • Maker Space - a new student-centred zone for interdisciplinary collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship 
  • multi-purpose teaching laboratories with flexibility to support multiple disciplines 
  • digital learning spaces with large flat-floor areas for flexible working 
  • blended social learning spaces 
  • environments for quiet study and busy group work 
  • conference and exhibition space for 500+ delegates 

Specialist labs and services

The building will be home to a wide range of specialist facilities, including:

  • analytical facilities and services
  • biomedical engineering facilities, including:
    • tissue engineering laboratory
    • assistive technology testing facilities
    • neural engineering - electrochemical and mechanical testing of neural interfaces
    • biomaterials lab
    • bacterial wet lab
    • human tissue lab
  • materials, manufacturing, processing and testing facilities
  • wind tunnel – renewable energy infrastructure, automotive, aviation, structures