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New Arts Building - Frequently Asked Questions

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Academic Studio

The academic studio or shared academic office space is in the middle of each departmental cluster. The academic studio is illuminated by large floor to ceiling windows. The studio comprises long tables with allocated spaces, chairs and desk units. There are lockers and shelves in the studio for storage.

Antiquities Room

The Antiquities Room is one of the departmental specialist spaces in the new building. It is to be found on level 2 and belongs to the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Architects

The Architects for the building are FeildenCleggBradley Studios

Artwork

There will be a large scale ceramic mural in the entrance to the new building.

The University have commissioned the artist Matthew Raw to work with the tile manufacturers NBK to make a group of tiles for the ground floor exterior of the new Arts Building. The working title is Faith in the Miraculous. The piece is intended to signal the creative power of the staff and students in the building.

Matthew was artist in residence at the V&A and has researched the ceramic history of Coventry and in particular, the ceramics of the post-war period. His focus for the commission draws on that sense of the future that the post-war art of the city tried to express. Matthew has already visited the campus several times to talk to staff and students about their sense of what this new building will initiate and to draw on their ideas and imagery to inform his work.

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Building Contractors

The contractors for the new building are Bowmer & Kirkland.

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Cinema and Screening Rooms

The Cinema and Screening Rooms are some of the specialist teaching spaces belonging to the Department of Film and TV Studies and are located on the ground floor and mezzanine level.

The department offers cinema-standard facilities in its screening rooms, which are also equipped with 35mm and 16mm film projectors alongside DVD and Blu-Ray and other television and media equipment.

Classics and Ancient History

The Department of Classics and Ancient History will be located on the level 2 of the new building.

Cluster

The building floorplate breaks into four distinct clusters, or quadrants, from Level 2 upwards. Floors 2 to 5 are made up of 4 distinct clusters. On floor 6, there is 1 cluster. Depending on the size of the department, the departmental space in the building may occupy from 1 - 3 of the clusters on one or more floors.

Commencement Ceremony

The Faculty celebrated the building commencement ceremony on the 19 November 2019. It marked the occasion with speeches, poetry and a libation ceremony to the Nine Muses, Apollo and the classical gods provided by staff and students from the Department of Classics and Ancient History. A time capsule was also buried in the foundations of the building.

Completion Date

The building is expected to be completed for occupation in the 2021/22 academic year.

Cost

The budget for the new building is £57.5 M.

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Energy Efficiency Rating

The building has been designed to achieve an EPC A rating. The project is aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

English and Comparative Literary Studies

The Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies will be located on floor 5.

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Film & TV Studies

The academic and administrative offices for the Department of Film & TV Studies are located on level 1 of the new building. The Department's specialist space is spread from the ground floor to level 1. The cinema can be accessed from the ground and mezzanine floors. The three screening rooms and shared media and edit suites are accessible from the mezzanine. The MIRC Film Library and Film Equipment Store are located on level 1.

Floor Plan

The new building is 8 floors high.

Ground Floor

Café; generic student social learning spaces; communal atrium, events and exhibition space; 2 x lecture theatres; teaching room; access to cinema; SCAPVC specialist theatre and rehearsal studios ( 2 of each) and student social learning space; toilet facilities; showers for cyclists; family room; changing places room.

 

Mezzanine

Access to upper levels of cinema and lecture theatres and technical spaces for the theatre studios; projection and screening rooms (3) for Film & TV Studies, Media and Edit Suites; Faculty seminar space; generic student social learning space.

Floor 1

SCAPVC and Film & TV Studies departmental spaces; Film & TV stores, image capture room and library; departmental student social learning spaces; centrally timetabled teaching spaces; Faculty seminar and meeting rooms; generic student social learning spaces; Faculty reprographics room and kitchen; toilets.

 

Floor 2

SCAPVC: History of Art and student social learning spaces; Classics & AH departmental space, Antiquities Room and student social learning space; Research Zone and space for Humanities Research Centre, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and Centre for Caribbean Studies; Faculty hub offices; centrally timetabled teaching spaces; Faculty seminar and meeting rooms; generic student social learning spaces; Faculty reprographics room and kitchen; toilets.

 

Floor 3 – the Forum

History departmental and student social learning spaces; centrally timetabled teaching spaces; Faculty seminar and meeting rooms; generic student social learning spaces; Faculty reprographics room and kitchen; toilets.

 

Floor 4

SMLC departmental and student social learning spaces; TRC; centrally timetabled teaching spaces; Faculty seminar and meeting rooms; general student social learning spaces; Faculty reprographics room and kitchen; toilets.

 

Floor 5

English and SCAPVC departmental and student social learning spaces; Creative Writing Studio; centrally timetabled teaching spaces; Faculty seminar and meeting rooms; general student social learning spaces; Faculty reprographics room and kitchen; toilets. There is an external terrace on this floor of the building.

 

Floor 6

Centrally timetabled teaching spaces; Faculty seminar and meeting rooms; toilets.

 

Fly Through Video and Models

Why not experience the fly through video and models to get a sense of what the new building will be like.

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Height

The new building will be 8 storeys and 35 metres high when completed. At this point, it will be the tallest building on the campus.

History

The Department of History will be located on level 3 of the new building.

History of Art

History of Art will be one of the academic disciplines in the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures from 2020/21. History of Art will be located on level 2 of the building.

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Lifts

There are two lifts in the building as well as a firefighters’ lift. The firefighters’ lift will be used for access by Emergency Services.

There is a major central staircase, which goes up the core of the building. There are also three other back staircases, which are located in three out of the four clusters on each floor.

Location

The new building is located on the central University of Warwick campus near the Arts Centre.

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Matthew Raw - Artwork

There will be a large scale ceramic mural in the entrance to the new building.

The University have commissioned the artist Matthew Raw to work with the tile manufacturers NBK to make a group of tiles for the ground floor exterior of the new Arts Building. The working title is Faith in the Miraculous. The piece is intended to signal the creative power of the staff and students in the building.

Matthew was artist in residence at the V&A and has researched the ceramic history of Coventry and in particular, the ceramics of the post-war period. His focus for the commission draws on that sense of the future that the post-war art of our city tried to express. Matthew has already visited the campus several times to talk to staff and students about their sense of what this new building will initiate and to draw on their ideas and imagery that to inform his work.

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Offices - single, shared and academic studio

There are 175 single occupancy offices in the building of approximately 7.5 m2 . The offices are spread across the departmental and faculty areas and will take one occupant plus two visitors for a small meeting or teaching session.

In addition to the single occupancy offices, there are a group of shared office spaces and shared academic studio spaces providing accommodation for over 200 staff.

There are shared professional staff offices in each of the departmental and faculty areas that have been designed to fit the individual area requirements. The offices range from spaces that fit 1-2 members of staff to larger spaces that may take 8-10 staff.

The academic studio or shared academic office space is in the middle of each departmental cluster. It comprises long tables with allocated spaces, chairs and desk units. There are lockers and shelves in the studio for storage.

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Research Zone

A Faculty space which includes allocated space for post docs and PGRS as well as some hotdesk spaces. This space is to be found on level 2.

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School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures

A multidisciplinary School which includes: the Centre for Cultural Media Policy Studies, History of Art, Theatre and Performance Studies and the Warwick Writing Programme. This School is spread across multiple floors. Theatre studios and rehearsal rooms are on the ground floor. The shared media and edit suite facilities are on the mezzanine floor. Office space is spread across floors 1 and 5.

School of Cross-faculty Studies

The School of Cross-faculty Studies is not moving into the new Arts building and will remain in Ramphal Building. However it is highly likely that some of the teaching for this School will take place in the new building. The School encompasses the Liberal Arts and Global Sustainable Development disciplines.

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

The School of Modern Languages and the Language Centre are located on floor 4. The specialist Transnational Resource Centre is also located on this floor.

Solar Energy

There will be roof-mounted solar panels on this building. 

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Time Capsule

A Time Capsule filled with documents and artefacts about the new building and current student and community life was buried under the new building.

Topping Out Ceremony

The Topping Out Ceremony was held in November 2020.

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Ventilation

The building has a mix of ventilation methods based upon room usage. Offices will be naturally ventilated. Intensively used spaces, such as the lecture theatres, will be mechanically ventilated. Concrete was selected for the structural frame, partly due to its ability to passively control heat levels. UK Building Regulations and industry standards take consideration of ventilation and hygiene issues.