Ivor Crewe, University of Essex

The Project

Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

Located in Colchester this Lecture hall completed at the end of 2006 provides a shining touch to the University of Essex Campus.

Sitting within the central part of the campus the oval shaped building surprises and shines with its unusual design and the material mix of Uginox Bright stainless steel and glass. As one of the largest lecture halls of any UK higher education institution it provides a seating capacity for 1,000 people. As a venue, the facilities can be subdivided allowing the University to host exhibitions and conferences.

The Lecture Hall is sited on a sloping area, sitting on a grid of concrete ground beams supported on piling which i was formed of in situ. The roof is supported by a combination of laminated timber and steel beams whilst the internal walls are built with a mix of concrete, block work. The partition walls form an acoustic barrier for the main auditorium.

Initially imagined in copper, the building was ultimately clad in 316L Uginox Bright stainless steel cladding. This high reflective stainless steel chosen for its specific aesthetic aspect which brings a ‘theatrical signature” to the building.

Traditional interlocking shingles were used as the cladding solution, Uginox Bright reflects its surroundings whilst playing with the light: a true chameleon.

Traditionally used by sub-contractors, the shingle technique perfectly forms to the oval geometry of the building. Easy to install, the shingles dimensions here are 2000 mm x 450 mm.

The advantages of stainless steel:

> Uginox Bright announces the presence of the building.

> Easy maintenance.

> Provides the focal point within the university campus.


Technical Data

United Kingdom
a.m. Richard Rogers Partnership - VK Studio - Ove Arup & Partners

Stainless Steel Information

Uginox Bright
0.50 mm