School of Computing Science & Engineering, University of Salford
A new centre for collaborative learning and research

University of Salford

Location: Salford
Value: £50 million
Size: 12,000sqm
Programme: 2017 - Ongoing
Service: Architecture

5plus, as part of our emerging masterplanning work at the University of Salford, were appointed to investigate the feasibility of the relocation of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering, currently located in the Newton Building, to a new purpose built facility. The aim was to deliver a new centre for collaborative learning and research, in the heart of the campus.

The new-build and relocation of the Newton Building is an ambitious proposal. The building is currently under-utilised and not fit for purpose.

We assessed the viability of the proposed site, the space required within the building, and the potential for a new build. A number of design options were explored with the academic steering group which has resulted in this initial and ambitious response.

Key spaces incorporated into the scheme include:

  • Workshop hangars
  • Laboratories
  • Atria
  • Social learning spaces
  • Octave
  • Multi-functional spaces
  • Open labs
  • Teaching rooms