Harrabin "Enabling out of the ordinary"

Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Coventry University


The project consisted of the refurbishment & conversion of 3 ‘northern light’ style industrial units, into one large, modern facility to house The Faculty of Arts & Humanities – for Coventry University. The works involved the demolition of existing internal office structures & the removal of a large Flat roof.   After demolition works were completed, there was an extensive amount of work to maximise the gross usable footprint, by building up the existing floor slab level into practical teaching spaces & supplementary admin/staff areas.

On completion of the heavy work,  the new work started which included hundreds of metres of OSB-faced low-level partitions, to form practical work & teaching bays.  The OSB remained in its raw state, however – the new plastered finishes & the mixture of old & new masonry walls were decorated; with a sprayed emulsion finish. There was a large scheme of floor finishes.  There was also an elaborate ventilation & extraction system, to facilitate the woodworking department, several large gas-fired kilns in the pottery & clay modelling departments & the extraction of noxious fumes; from the welding areas.

The Faculty required an extraordinary level of lighting. Being an artistic & practical work-based department, the light at work levels, had to exceed levels of natural light, in a building that no longer had any roof lights & only windows on 1 elevation. To achieve the requirements, a vast lighting installation was installed. With the large building consisting of various departments, within the Faculty, an elaborate switching & controls system also had to be installed.

As the buildings were now to be DDA compliant, we designed, supplied & installed 2  large aluminium & resin ramps, & undertook the overhaul of the existing sliding security grilles, as well as the replacement of 4 automatic roller shutters.

Exexternal work included the making good & refurbishment of the existing finishes of the building fabric, included cladding repairs &  render repairs, combined with areas of new rendered finishes, as well the refurbishment & re-spraying of the existing aluminium curtain walling & respraying of the existing external masonry finishes. We installed infrastructure for parking ticketing machines, palisade gates & bike shelters.





Client:Coventry University

Architect:D5 Architecture

Harrabin Construction Limited, 1 Harnall Row, Coventry CV1 5DR
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