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Space Norms For New Buildings

New Buildings

The University Estate Committee has approved Space Norms for all new buildings. All new major capital projects are expected to comply with the Space Norms, including extensions, new builds and substantial refurbishments. Exceptions to the Space Norms will only be permitted due to extenuating circumstances and must be approved by the CSAG.



Summary of Space Norms approved by the University Estate Committee on 21st April 2016


Space Norm

m² per person

Notes

Academic Office Space: Academic Staff (appointed to the level of Assistant Professor and above).

up to 12

(Where 10 or less is achieved, a seminar / meeting space is to be provided for every 8 rooms)

Recommendation based on: - space for 1600 x 800 mm desk with office chair and under-desk pedestal. - a focus on excellent and efficient storage provision including space for a tambour cupboard and plenty of shelving. - space for whiteboard / noticeboard. - space for visitor chairs and a small meeting table. - design to allow for future flexibility (non-loadbearing partitions, fire-strategy considerations, provision of services). Note: consideration to be given to adequate provision of bookable small meeting rooms and seminar spaces for accommodating groups of three people or more.

Academic Office Space: Research Staff

up to 6

(typically excludes informal meeting / collaborative space. A starting point for this would be 1m² per person)

Recommendation based on allowance for: - space for 1600 x 800mm desk with office chair and under-desk pedestal.

- space for efficient storage and filing facilities. - space for shared printers and other office equipment. Note: the space allowance typically excludes informal meeting / collaborative spaces (except in larger open-plan environments). It is imperative that space for these is factored in as appropriate to each user-group, along with factoring in space for meeting rooms, quiet working rooms, tea points and kitchen facilities as necessary. The space and efficiency savings made by staff working in a shared office environment should allow for thoughtful provision of shared facilities to enhance performance, collaboration and enjoyment of the space.

Academic Office Space: Teaching Only Staff

up to 6

(typically excludes informal meeting / collaborative space. A starting point for this would be 1m² per person)

Recommendation based on allowance for: - space for 1600 x 800mm desk with office chair and under-desk pedestal.

- space for efficient storage and filing facilities. - space for shared printers and other office equipment. Note: the space allowance typically excludes informal meeting / collaborative spaces (except in larger open-plan environments). It is imperative that space for these is factored in as appropriate to each user-group, along with factoring in space for meeting rooms, quiet working rooms, tea points and kitchen facilities as necessary. The space and efficiency savings made by staff working in a shared office environment should allow for thoughtful provision of shared facilities to enhance performance, collaboration and enjoyment of the space.

Academic Office Space: Postgraduate Research Student / Doctoral Training Centre

4

(per workspace not per student)

Recommendation based on allowance for: - 1.5 no. of PGRs per workspace based on hot-desking - 1400 x 800mm desk with office chair per workspace - lockers (a greater provision than the no. of desks in each room)
- circulation space - space for a shared printer Note: in larger spaces this recommended space provision will allow for a meeting table / small break-out space, in smaller rooms it will not. Therefore, provision of meeting / break-out space may need to be considered in buildings which are cellular in nature.

Non-Academic Office Space: Non-Academic desk-based Staff, including Department Offices and Central Administrative Space

up to 6

(typically excludes informal meeting / collaborative space. A starting point for this would be 1m² per person)

Recommendation based on allowance for: - space for 1600 x 800mm desk with office chair and under-desk pedestal.
- space for efficient storage and filing facilities. - space for shared printers and other office equipment. Note: the space allowance typically excludes informal meeting / collaborative spaces (except in larger open-plan environments). It is imperative that space for these is factored in as appropriate to each user-group, along with factoring in space for meeting rooms, quiet working rooms, tea points and kitchen facilities as necessary. The space and efficiency savings made by staff working in a shared office environment should allow for thoughtful provision of shared facilities to enhance performance, collaboration and enjoyment of the space.

Other Staff Space: Meeting Room

2

The norm is to assist with the adequate sizing of meeting rooms (it is not a provision of meeting room space allocated per member of staff). The recommendation allows for a comfortable arrangement of furniture. For larger meeting rooms, the area could be reduced slightly if the provision of adequate circulation is checked.

Other Staff Space: Common Space

All staff should have access to a common space

The amount of space provided would need to be weighed up on a project by project basis due to working patterns and size of staff group.

Teaching Space: Teaching Room / Seminar Room

2 to 2.3

The lower end of the norm is for less space-consuming furniture arrangements (such as rows). The higher end of the norm is for flexibility of furniture arrangements. A figure closer to the higher end of the norm should be considered in the design of new buildings.

Teaching Space: Lecture Theatre

0.8 to 1.6

Smaller lecture theatres will be closer to the higher end of the norm and larger lecture theatres towards the lower end. A suitable balance between adequate circulation space and compactness (which aids acoustics) is to be achieved.

Laboratory Space: Wet Research Laboratory

15 to 25 Primary plus Secondary space per researcher

Recommendation based on: - Wellcome Trust Guidelines. Primary plus Secondary space is given due to the importance of the Secondary space and the need to ensure that it is factored in.

- As part of the primary space, a suitable recommended length of bench per researcher is 1800 mm (this should be no less than 1500 mm).

Laboratory Space: Dry Research Laboratory including Computer Laboratories

Not provided

The specialised nature of dry research laboratories means that a norm is unlikely to be useful. The amount of space required will be heavily dictated by the types of machinery and equipment used.

Laboratory Space: Wet Teaching Laboratory

Not provided

A figure such as 4 m² per person could be given as a rough guide for forecasting space need, but the amount of space required would vary between subjects. There is also the added complexity that laboratories are sometimes used for both teaching and research.

Laboratory Space: Dry Teaching Laboratory

Not provided

A figure such as 4 m² per person could be given as a rough guide for forecasting space need, but the amount of space required would vary between subjects. There is also the added complexity that laboratories are sometimes used for both teaching and research.

Laboratory Space: Technician's Workspace

Not provided

A recommended norm is not provided because the amount of space will vary considerably depending on the subject area the member of staff is required to support. Where equipment is to be stored, arrangements should be made so that this can be carried out in the most efficient way possible.

Other Student Space: Social Learning Space

Not provided

This would need to be reviewed on a project by project basis, but is an extremely important type of space for improving social interaction and collaboration. There may be existing opportunities for these types of spaces to be created across the campus in 'leftover' areas.