Bournemouth University - Poole Gateway

Bournemouth University’s Poole Gateway building was designed by Atkins and sits on the gateway to the Talbot Campus. The Poole Gateway Building is predominantly used by students from the Faculty of Science & Technology and the Faculty of Media & Communication, and houses a range of high-quality technical teaching facilities for students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as facilities to enhance the university’s research.

Atkins was appointed to deliver full architectural, interior and landscape design for the new building, to create an impressive visual gateway to Talbot Campus. The building has a striking triangulated external form, which takes inspiration from the digital triangulation of animation software and was designed to encompass the range of technical spaces within, each requiring a highly specific layout with great variance in form, shape and performance.

Offering 5,000 square metres of space, the building includes the latest professional-level facilities featuring two multi-camera TV studios which are equipped with 4K (Ultra High Definition) cameras, a film studio and sound stage, music studios, a cinema to view your films, edit suites, sound suites, green screen and motion capture studios for animation.

The music and sound production facilities feature two recording studios, each with its own State Solid Logic mixing desk, live room and control room, three surround-sound studios with Dolby Atmos and two stereo post-production studios.

As the long-standing approved furniture supplier to the University we were commissioned to supply furniture throughout this impressive state-of-the-art building.

We collaborated with architects Atkins Global and the client's project team to finalise the designs and furniture layouts. The specification included products from Vitra & Frovi for informal meeting and social spaces and Bisley personal lockers with RFID locks for over 500 students.

"We were very pleased with the professional and well informed advice and service BOF provided for our Poole Gateway Building, noting how well the furniture compliments the architecture.”
Rob Lipcar, Senior Projects Manager, Estates, Bournemouth University

Photography credit: Thanks to Atkins and photographer William Beck

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