The masterplan is being realised in a series of phases and NHA went on to develop the space strategy for the initial 50,000m2 phase including an outline brief for the first academic users.
Technical studies included the assessment of decisions about key parameters such as floor plate dimensions and building heights – looking at their impact on cost, efficiency and environmental quality.
The same aspects were tested for their potential to accommodate more demanding special uses and facilitate future adaptability
Space requirements of the potential first users were established and workshops held to understand possible synergies and collaborations across the academic disciplines.
Test fits, which matched these uses to the emerging building designs, explored how UCL’s vision of a vibrant and engaging university open to its community could be realised.