The Dyson Building is a new educational centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) to be built at Gresham’s School in Norfolk. Former Gresham’s student Sir James Dyson has donated £19 million to create this prestigious new establishment and the architects are Wilkinson Eyre, winners of the Stirling Prize and Lubetkin Prize. The new Building will stand alongside Greshams’ recently-opened Britten Music School, for which we were the acoustics consultants, and are delighted to have been 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 Bulding 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 at Stage 2 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 between AJA and Daniel Connal for the design of the Britten Building – also at Gresham’s School. This music centre was opened in 2017 and has won a number of awards.
With planning permission granted, construction is due to commence in April 2020. We will update this article as work progresses, and 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