Hawkins Brown – UTC Cambridge is a centre of excellence for Biomedical and Environmental Science aimed at students aged 14 to 19. It is the ultimate flexible teaching environment. Working collaboratively with the local planning department, the building was clad in Corten to reflect the learning innovation taking place inside while providing a solidity and texture to the linear façade, which will change and develop over the years.
The Council’s 1% for Art policy provided an opportunity to commission original artwork. Each piece makes reference to Cambridge’s contribution to biomedical research. Jo Chapman’s artwork on the façade looks at the makeup of viruses which are etched onto the Cor-Ten and glass. The images on the Cor-Ten have been applied while the steel oxides and show the chemical process. Emily Campbell designed a bespoke carpet based on DNA sequencing patterns that lead’s visitors through the building to the lecture theatre and Canteen.
It has been a Regional – Finalist for the Civic Trust Awards 2016 and was shortlisted for the RIBA Awards 2015 – East Regional Award.
ToughGlazes in-house graphic designer worked closely with Jo Chapman to manufacture the digitally printed toughened glass, using our state of the art DipTech machine, to depict the viruses. The panels were then taken to our sister company Crystal Units, to be manufactured into double glazed units incorporating SN61-40 and 6mm low iron, with Digital print.