University of Northumbria
JCT Design & Build Contract 2011
The University of Northumbria’s Rutherford Hall was demolished to make way for a new state of the art building to accommodate Computing and Information Sciences. The contemporary glass façade building is equipped with the very latest computing and information technologies.
The design for the building was chosen via a competitive process and utilises high quality materials, glazing, sustainable materials and technology and provide a rich learning and social student space.
The former Rutherford Hall used to occupy the space and was used for only a limited amount of teaching and during examinations. The university felt that the space could be better utilised.
The CIS building forms an extension to the existing Ellison Block. Ellison Block was refurbished, and the internal layout amended to include new offices, meeting rooms and study spaces. A link corridor between the building was constructed with glass balustrades and metal handrails. The link corridors look into the void space within the building and up into the atrium with its glass roof.