The Dyson Building is a new educational centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). It is currently under construction at Gresham’s School in Norfolk. Former Gresham’s student Sir James Dyson has donated £19 million to create this prestigious new establishment. The architects are Wilkinson Eyre, winners of the Stirling Prize and Lubetkin Prize. The new buildiing stands opposite the chapel and near to the Britten Music School, for which we were the acoustics consultants. Once again we were delighted to be appointed for the acoustic design of the Dyson STEAM building.
The building will provide an outstanding focal point for the engineers of the future. In addition to conventional teaching spaces, there will be workshops, laboratories, informal study areas and a gallery for showcasing students’ work. The design concept incorporates an open feel which encourages collaboration between students of different disciplines. In the words of headmaster Douglas Robb, “The Dyson Building represents an aspiration jointly held by Sir James and Gresham’s School – that learning should be joined up and innovation encouraged”.
Spread across a floor area of 3900 square metres, the building will feature a light steel frame and exposed finishes along with a thermally efficient glazing system. The design incorporates other ecologically sound characteristics such as green walls and a sedum roof.
We were appointed for Stages 2 to 6 of the project and are working alongside the architects, the contractor Kier Eastern and project managers Daniel Connal Partnership with whom we formed a very successful partnership for the design of the Britten Building. This music centre was opened in 2017 and has won a number of awards.
Construction is well advanced and a topping out ceremony took place in April 2021. The Dyson Building is expected to be operational by late 2021.
Client: Gresham’s School
Architect: Wilkinson Eyre
Contractor: Kier Eastern
Project manager: Daniel Connal Partnership
Contract value : £19m
Photo concepts credit: Wilkinson Eyre
CATT model: Adrian James Acoustics