The Digital Engineering and Technology Park for the University of Chichester represents a significant investment for the university, providing an academic building of circa 5,900 square metre for the Digital and Engineering Technology department on the Bognor Regis campus.
The Digital Engineering and Technology Park brings together skills and expertise across both departments to create a STEAM offering – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – with co-working spaces designed to support and provide opportunities for regional businesses and their employees. The Engineering department is developed to follow the “Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate” (CDIO) methodology and required ‘clean’ teaching areas, a CDIO Active Learning Space and associated learning spaces.
Facilities include fabrication, welding and machine workshops incorporating CNC machines, 3D additive layer printers and other equipment.
General mechanical engineering and electronics laboratories are required together with a chemical laboratory to support the Engineering department.
High specification Media facilities similar to those at the University’s Chichester campus have also been delivered, including ‘Mac’ teaching rooms, editing and finishing suites, support technicians area and open access IT facilities. Green-screen rooms, one of which is a flexible space to allow recording and performance use, are suitable for external hire.
A 300 square metre, three-storey sound stage is one of only three in the south of the UK capable of accommodating a professional orchestra. Storage space with industrial access ramps is provided within the building, suitable for large format media and sound equipment.
Improving its connectivity to the surrounding area, the scheme includes a new access road from Felpham Way, pedestrian and vehicular routes to the existing campus, hard and soft landscaping, and car parking provision.
The project is constructed on a plot of land which posed some challenging ground conditions. Part-situated on a flood plain, the project team explored a number of options and collaborated with the Environment Agency to ensure successful delivery.
The project was in difficulty and the University sought a solution which would enable an OJEU compliant replacement to be appointed as quickly as possible. Perfect Circle were able to offer a solution which enabled consultants to be selected that met the University’s satisfaction and cost requirements almost immediately, and enabling the development programme to be maintained.
The new building completed in Autumn 2018 to enable delivery of new curriculum streams from the commencement of the 2018 academic year.