University building scoops top award

The project to refurbish the University of Brighton’s iconic Cockcroft Building has won in the Higher Education category of the prestigious Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards 2016.

The Cockcroft Building on the University’s Moulsecoomb campus has been a familiar landmark on Brighton’s Lewes Road since the 1960’s.

The awards jury said: “This is a bold project, particularly from a sustainability point of view – and a model for future similar projects. It focuses well on how people use the building. The exterior has been elegantly improved and the interior creatively revamped.”


Welcoming the award, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris said: “This is really excellent news and I congratulate the team involved in this major project. The refurbishment of the Cockcroft Building is an important part of our ongoing investment programme which aims to ensure that our students have access to world-class facilities.”

The multi-million pound refurbishment programme, which took three years to complete, was carried out whilst the building was still being used by staff and students and included:
• Development of state-of-the-art new learning laboratories and office spaces to house schools within the university’s College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences
• Installation of new windows to improve insulation throughout the building
• Exposing the ceiling space to highlight the architectural features of the building’s interior
• Opening up corridors in the building to improve lighting, people movement and provide social and informal learning spaces for students and staff to use.
• Reducing noise levels by putting in place sound buffering and dampening features
• Installing a new roof surface to improve insulation and energy efficiency.

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Ponies at the Pier

Luke Sandys-Renton, who is studying for his BA(Hons) in Project Management for Construction, is involved in a University of Brighton first – a university polo team.

Along with the team, including captain Dede Jevans who is studying International Business, Luke and the team rode along Brighton seafront yesterday (7 June) to celebrate the polo team’s first year of competition – and raised more than a few eyebrows among beach bathers.

Luke said: “We have had a great year and I wanted to end it with a really exciting photo, as a momento for all the team members and supporters.

“Since October when I started the team, we have seen 25-plus people participate through the year, across all riding abilities. We have the attitude that the most important thing about the team is its accessibility and making everyone feel welcome when they participate whether this is competitively or just for fun.”

The team is taking part in this weekend’s (10-12 June) National Universities Championship at Dallas Burston Polo Club near Leamington Spa, along with 50 other universities. It is renting the ponies with help from the university’s Springboard Grants Programme which provides awards of up to £2,000 to Students’ Union-recognised societies and university sports clubs and teams to help fund activities that enrich and enhance the student experience. The programme has been established through the generosity of alumni and friends of the university.

Luke said: “The Springboard team have been fantastic and a massive help to us. The programme makes the student experience and the time we spend at the university the best it can possibly be – and we are externally grateful to the alumni and friends who make this possible.”

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) talk at Brighton

Come along to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) talk at our university to find out more about the feasibility, design and construction of one of the world’s leading superyacht custom build and repair yards, Pendennis Shipyard (PSY).

Based in the docks in Falmouth PSY employ over 350 staff. The new wet basin and dock will enable PSY to hold back the tide and service lift-out and fit-out of Yachts next to the existing facility. The works comprise the design and construction of a new 7,000m2 wet basin / dry dock formed out to sea using 200m of 7m wide mass concrete “fingers“ constructed within sheet-pile cells.

Speakers will be Geoff Austen – Clients Representative for Pendennis Shipyard (Pebbles Consultancy) Jon Orrell – Designer (Hemsley Orrell Partnership) Clive Thomas – Construction Manager (Raymond Brown Construction)

The talk is on Thursday 19th May 2016, in Room G2 Mithras House, Moulscoomb Campus. Please arrive from 17:30 for a 18:00 start.