chadwickdryerclarke were appointed by the University of Bedfordshire to design a major
refurbishment of two existing buildings on its Luton campus forming its Business School. In tandem
with this, we designed a new rooftop extension to the building and an over-cladding system to
enhance the appearance and environmental performance of the existing buildings.
Our resultant design proposal consolidated each department into adjacent open plan offices, promoting inter departmental interaction, along with supporting meeting and teaching spaces.
The existing buildings (from the 1960s and 1990s building stock) had long-standing environmental issues, and did not fit with the carbon-reduction programme of the University. CDC’s cladding design greatly improves natural ventilation, thermal insulation and air-tightness to provide an energyefficient solution. Aesthetically the existing buildings will be harmonised with newer buildings more recently developed on the campus.
the roof extension has a dual function of improving the visual impact of the existing building, forming a new rooftop feature that increases the visibility of the Business School across Luton. In addition, the extension harnesses passive solar shading and improved natural ventilation to improve the comfort of the occupants within existing rooftop offices and teaching rooms.
concept image for the Knowledge Hub area
3d section of mansard roof construction
development space planning sketch