MK Open University, Jennie Lee Building

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Swanke Hayden Conell


Open University





The new building is named after Jennie Lee (1904-1988) the Labour MP who was instrumental in the foundation of the Open University during her time as Minister for the Arts and will house the faculties of Mathematics and Computing and the Institute of Educational Technology. The design concept responds to the OU’s ambition to create a showcase for cutting edge research on the campus. EAG were contracted by Galliford Try to provide the external envelope in the form of windows, doors, curtain walling and an internal atria in addition to the bolted entrance screens, louvres & brise soleil for this scheme. The building’s characteristic alluring glass envelope contains a series of coloured vision panels in green, orange, pink and yellow. Additional solar control and visual interest is provided by two frit patterns applied respectively to glass faces two and four of the outer and centre panes of the triple glazed units that gradually reveals itself upon approaching the building. The building has been designed by Swanke Hayden Connell’s to achieve a high level of sustainability targets and was occupied in March 2008. This is the second successfully completed project by EAG for The Open University and Galliford Try at the Walton Hall Campus.

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