Fluid Structures are working closely with Hopkins Architects on a new Humanities Building at Brighton College.
The new teaching block is located on a site between the existing Great Hall (Grade II listed) and the recent addition Skidelsky Building (completed in 2010). The site was historically occupied by an existing Swimming Pool and Old Music School.
The new 5-storey Academic Building is of a high standard in its build and detail, providing good connections to the Great Hall at lower ground and ground floor levels, and to the Skidelsky Building at upper levels. The building consists of a main feature circulation atrium, over 20 classrooms, 7 staff offices including the Deputy Head’s office, a double-height Experimental Suite and a full-height glazed ‘link’ atrium to the Great Hall. The project is due for completion in Spring 2017.
The structure will be a reinforced concrete frame with shallow band beams expressed within each classroom with recessed acoustic panels in between. The external cladding will comprise of full-height 9-inch brickwork with lime mortar. The differential movements between the concrete frame (shrinkage and creep) and the brickwork (moisture and thermal movements) are to be addressed by careful detailing around the window openings and head connections at roof level.