University of Bath, 4 West

Project: University of Bath, 4 West

The 4 West Building is a new-build facility for the Department of Mathematics at the prestigious University of Bath. It was built to replace an asbestos-contaminated predecessor built in the 1960s.  The University of Bath is a campus university located in Bath, Somerset, and received its Royal Charter in 1966.

This new-build and refurbishment project features five new floors of teaching space to accommodate Mathematics and Computer Science departments.  The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and includes a number of sustainable features including natural ventilation and Kiefer slab cooled ventilation, rainwater harvesting, solar energy and materials only from sustainable sources.

John Porter assisted in the BREEAM rating with the supply of EDUporte acoustic engineered doorsets manufactured from FSC certified materials throughout.

The building programme finished on time, on budget, and the staff and students relocated on time.
In September 2009, both the Café and Student Services areas opened. The Café has proved to be a very popular venue and has contributed to creating a more pleasing environment on the Parade. Amongst the building's many facilities are two access lifts; high efficiency lighting; sustainable goat hair carpets; brise soleil on key windows, and a concrete cooling system for ventilation.

4 West is the first new academic building to be constructed on the campus since 3 West North in 2004/5. Projects currently under construction are the East Building, which can now be seen on the skyline on the eastern side of the campus and is due for completion in early 2011, and the major extension to the Student Centre at the foot of Norwood House.