Work to start on iconic University Engineering Building

A new project to replace the roof and glazed facades of the Engineering Building at the University will start at the beginning of May 2015.

Designed by architects Stirling and Gowan, the Grade II* listed building, is recognised nationally as one of the most important and iconic buildings of the 20th century. Architects travel the world to see the building first-hand and it has appeared on postage stamps and several artworks.

The roof and glazed walls of the building, originally constructed in the 1960s, have now reached the end their useful life. The building is protected from changes by its statutory listing so in consultation with English Heritage and other stakeholders the University is investing to extend the building’s functionality and iconic status for another 50 years.

The work will involve replacing each of the 2,500 glass panels of the unique 45-degree, patent-glazed, diamond-shaped roof, designed to provide north light to the engineering research laboratories. The first two to three weeks work will be external to the building with the main hoarding works to be completed by 18 May. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Our Estates team will be working closely with stakeholders across the University to ensure any disruption is minimised.