Liverpool John Moores University Design Academy

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Stepan Ruzicka

MSc PhD CEnv MCIWEM, Director, Environment and Health
T: +44 2076 315 291
Opened to coincide with Liverpool's appointment as European Capital of Culture, the design academy provides facilities for a wide range of programs including architecture, fine arts, textiles, graphics and printing. The building is designed for energy efficiency, with renewable technologies accounting for 10% of annual energy demand.

The five storey concrete frame structure is waved on plan, with saw toothed windows from first floor up on the two long elevations. A full height glazed atrium forms a dramatic "cut-through," permitting sightlines across the building. Open-plan at ground floor level, the atrium's upper storeys are internally articulated with segments of the floor slabs filled in at varying locations. Lightweight cantilever steel scissor stairs connect the ascending floor plates.

Long term flexibility of use is a design priority. We engineered each studio as an entirely column free space that may be adapted according to specific study needs. Concertinaed terraced seating in the 350 capacity lecture hall is engineered to fold away easily, transforming the space into an open exhibition venue.

building services

We contributed leading edge building services engineering for the new design academy, which provides facilities for a wide range of programs including architecture, fine arts, textiles, graphics and printing. The building opened in the year that Liverpool was European Capital of Culture. Our energy use strategy ensures renewable technologies account for 10% of annual energy demand.

The five storey concrete frame structure is waved on plan, with saw toothed windows from first floor up on the two long elevations. Our services engineers advised on façade design, using sun path diagrams (created using IEA Software) to predict energy outcomes.

At the heart of our energy use approach is a biomass heating system designed to produce zero net carbon. An exposed concrete structure helps regulate internal temperature and the building's thermal properties are a 25% improvement on current building regulations for the conservation of fuel and power. Mixed-mode natural ventilation, with openable windows and fans to regulate air flow, is used.

Ramboll

Ramboll
240 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NW
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 20 7631 5291
Fax:+44 845 299 1610

Mail: london@ramboll.co.uk

Company registration

Company registration

Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW


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