The Said Business School is arranged around a central courtyard framed by massive piers of brick diaphragm wall construction. A steel frame along one side of the building provides the 14.5m spans required for the lecture theatres.
Our use of 3D modelling enabled us to build virtual models of the steelwork, especially useful for complex areas such as the barrel roof and the ziggurat tower that houses a plant room.
Early work on this project included a remediation strategy for site decontamination and a building physics study to establish the potential for natural cooling. The services energy strategy was developed to provide natural ventilation to rooms fronting courtyards and restrict mechanical systems to lecture theatres and adjacent seminar rooms.