The Oculus – University of Warwick

The Oculus is the University of Warwick’s first dedicated teaching space available to all Faculties borne out of research by the University’s Institution of Advanced Learning, Students now benefit from a 500 seat lecture theatre, along with another 250 seat theatre, 12 teaching spaces, social learning and networking areas, a café and outdoor terraces.

The Oculus achieved BREEAM Excellent and EPC A ratings, due in part to the use of glulam timber for the main roof, natural light, and ventilation strategy. This project was delivered via the Scape Framework by the main contractor, Willmott Dixon Construction, who provided the University with a ‘turnkey’ service. Berman Guedes Stretton were the architects.

University of Warwick (outdoors)

Services provided: project management and client

The challenges included creating the academic client team and formulating the design brief

Outcomes: The building was an RIBA award finalist and shortlisted for a civic trust award