Chinese Studies Centre, University of Nottingham

Established in recognition of the national and global importance of understanding contemporary change and transformation in China, the School was built in order to undertake and promote advanced interdisciplinary social sciences research into key aspects of the rapid changes in China.

The School houses the highly-regarded China Policy Institute, which is the UK’s only think-tank dedicated to the analysis of critical China policy, and to the expansion of knowledge about and understanding of contemporary China in Britain. In addition, the School hosts the Nottingham Confucius Institute which was formed in September 2007 and promotes the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the UK.

Clarkebond were commissioned to carry out structural and civil engineering services on this large multi storey £6m education block on the Nottingham University Campus. Set adjacent to a manmade lake, the building was designed to enhance the spacious campus facility. The lake facing rear elevation was developed to create a pleasant recreational area and the front entrance included a large open atrium with glass walls.

An insitu concrete flat slabed frame was adopted on piled foundations to maximize flexibility and minimise obstructions to horizontal services distribution.

The full height glazed atrium created a unique challenge. A lightweight steel frame was introduced to support the glass and the external solar shading with minimum visual impact.

Storm water was discharged via a new outfall to the existing lake and foul water was connected to the Campus wide system.