The Sarah Swift Building – a 5,500m2 structure named after Lincolnshire-born Dame Sarah Swift, who founded the Royal College of Nursing – has been designed to house the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. The new academic building accommodates a diverse range of learning and research spaces, including teaching areas, offices, laboratories, nurse training facilities which will support Continued growth in the disciplines and enhance the student learning experience.
Designed with simplicity, high quality and sustainability in mind, the Sarah Swift building provides purpose built, fully flexible spaces to support the University of Lincoln’s world class research and development programme.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The University is committed to creating sustainable buildings that will further scientific research without compromising the environment.
To create a sustainable facility, the engineers focused on delivering simple solutions designed for long term use.
As the five-storey building houses laboratories which include vibration-sensitive equipment – the main contractor had to meet certain design specifications. A key element of the brief for this specialist building was to create spaces that have the right environmental conditions, vibration levels and acoustic separation for their different functions, while ensuring the building remains simple to commission, build and operate.
CHALLENGES & RESOLUTIONS
In order to achieve the most effective design possible, the engineering team developed 3D models of all the rooms at an early stage to ensure users’ requirements were clearly captured. This resulted in a flat slab structural design that allowed for a straight forward installation of services and permit for greater flexibility of use in the future.
EOS designed and manufactured a robust steel framing infill panel solution for the Sarah Swift project to meet the design and engineering brief. Bespoke zed bars were developed for overhang and intumescent paint clearance. The restrictive site presented access challenges and storage limitations – offsite technology provided the optimum solution.
All deliveries were colour coded by floor and craned directly into the correct location.
As an advanced high-performance offsite solution, steel is a robust, rigid and dimensionally stable material that does not suffer from movement created by moisture related issues. After water, steel is the most recycled product on our planet, with research showing that 99% is reused or recycled. EOS is committed to promoting sustainability within construction – our steel is highly recyclable, providing little onsite waste.
Through careful design detailing and value engineering, EOS were able to design and offsite manufacture the highest quality steel framing solutions to deliver and environmentally sustainable projects on time and to budget.