University of Nottingham
Design & Build Fountains to create ambience for outdoor social space
Design concept, fountain engineering including chemical dosing, filtration and water top up, fountain effect and pool lining
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The collection of buildings in University Park Campus, colloquially known as Science City, was first masterplanned by Basil Spence in 1959 and his vision was largely realised by Renton Howard Wood Associates during the 1960s. Since then numerous additions and alterations have been made to suit the ever increasing student numbers and the changing needs of the University.
The proposal for a Learning Centre within Science City acts as a new focal point for the faculties of Engineering and Science, providing much needed study, teaching and social spaces.
The outside social area needed redeveloping as part of the scheme to enhance and complement the buildings new café and social facilities.
As part of the whole out side experience a concept was formed utilising the visual and sound effect of fountains to create the right ambience within the seating area. This new eating and social area raised the standards to reflect the new inside cafeteria. The fountains and pool were developed into the structure of the landscape to the point that students can perch on the edge of the water feature on their travels.
With the ever expanding Science City Buildings there was a need to enhance the open space link between the buildings while providing a social and eating area. The fountains play a very important part in displaying a dramatic and interesting experience within the City.