The Barn’s design has also been elevated though the creative use of ordinary materials. Traditional brick work techniques create openings in the brick walls that both improves acoustics and creates outlets for return air, providing natural ventilation for the building. The bricks also temper the heat that accumulates from large numbers of people arriving simultaneously which contributes to creating a comfortable internal environment for the user and improves the energy performance of the building.
David Patterson, lead architect on the project, states: “We are delighted to have completed our fifth building for The University of Nottingham. The Barn has provided a wide range of facilities for the use of all staff and students and it is great to see that people are really enjoying using the new spaces it provides.”
Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham said: “As our award-winning campuses continue to grow and develop, it is essential that we incorporate new buildings that fit comfortably in our landscapes and reflect the needs of our students. The Barn is an outstanding new addition to our Sutton Bonington Campus. It complements and enriches the look and feel of Sutton Bonington, whilst providing our students with a superb facility which they will be able to enjoy for years to come. Yet again Make has interpreted our ambitions perfectly and delivered a building we are proud of.”
Make has worked with the University of Nottingham for the last decade and has designed five of its buildings, including The Gateway Building which is also located on the Sutton Bonington campus.