Future Technology Centre
Location: University of Portsmouth, UK
Architect: Stride Treglown
The University of Portsmouth’s new BREEAM “Excellent” rated Future Technology Centre appropriately sits between the Business School and the Faculty of Technology. Designed by Stride Treglown, it is also an exemplar of sustainable construction. The centre provides a central hub for simulation, visualisation and modelling applicable to digital engineering and applied sciences for students.
The glazing and curtain walling includes 23.5mm clear toughened laminated safety glass with a bespoke screen printed morse code design, which when translated reads Portsmouth 2017. The curtain walling was Structural Glazing Toggle system to the front and rear with 70/35 solar controlled double glazed units.
The Future Technology Centre at the University of Portsmouth, an extension to the existing Portland building, which was built twenty years ago to house the Portsmouth School of Architecture within the Guildhall and Victoria Park Conservation area. The building was originally designed by Hampshire County Architects under Sir Colin Stansfield Smith, who subsequently became Head of the Portsmouth School of Architecture and was renowned for pioneering work in school design. The original building, for example, included passive environmental control, well before it became prominent technology.