Projects
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton

The RIBA award-winning Mountbatten Building is Europe’s largest, most advanced nanotechnology research facility, carried out from conception to completion in under three years.

Client University of Southampton

Location Southampton, UK

Status Built

Awards

2012 AIA Built Award Honor
2012 AIA Northwest Pacific Region Merit
2009 RIBA Regional Award


 

The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton

The Mountbatten Nanotechnology Research Centre is a state of the art research centre for nanotechnology at the University of Southampton. The new building replaces a previous facility on the same site which was destroyed by fire in October 2005. The University of Southampton is world renowned for its excellence in the engineering science and as a leading research centre for nanotechnology. Jestico + Whiles was appointed to design the new building, with CH2M Hill IDC as clean room designers and M+E engineers.

The £55m Mountbatten Building houses two departments, ORC (Optoelectronics Research Centre) and ECS (the School of Electronics and Computer Science), each with its own clean rooms, laboratories and academic offices.

The brief for the building was an onerous one: not only must it provide technically demanding research and academic working environments of an unusually exacting nature, it also has to serve as a showcase for the high quality of research and academic excellence of the two departments and the university as a whole, in order to attract industry funding and future staff and students.

Simple, dynamic forms with a limited palette of appropriately ‘hi-tech’ materials combine to produce an embodiment of 21st century scientific research in an academic setting.

'It was a pleasure to interact with the architects during the development of the design of the Mountbatten Building. The building has an extremely complex technical function, but was also required to deliver a striking presence and visual accessibility of the normally hidden ‘clean room’ functions.'

'It has since won an RIBA South award, and the numerous visitors I have escorted around it are invariably highly complimentary. The visibility of the clean room activity is outstanding and much commented on.'

Professor Harvey Rutt, Head of School of Electronics and Computer Science.

The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton
The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton