Opened in 2016, the Spark boasts a 60-metre central atrium that contains 40 teaching spaces - 35 classrooms and five lecture rooms - providing a combined teaching capacity of 1,500 at any one time.
As well as classrooms, lecture theatres and conference rooms, the £33 million Spark building has a selection of social spaces to encourage collaborative learning and relaxation. The atrium also links to the rest of the East Park Terrrace site, making it easier for staff and students to move around the campus.
Designed with equality of access in mind, it has height adjustable tables in each classroom and a range of seating and table options. Each of the 30-student capacity teaching rooms near the lifts on each floor is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010, meaning that even if all 30 students were wheelchair users, the room remains functional, effective and safe.
The centrepiece of the Spark is the "Pod" which was designed by Scott Brownrigg and fabricated by CIG Architecture in the Netherlands. standing on 11 meter long legs and weighing 67 tonnes, the pod hosts a lecture theatre with an open topped viewing platform with fantistic views of the atrium.
The Spark is also available to businesses and community groups who can benefit from the building’s futuristic and flexible facilities. In addition to the Pod and semi-public atrium that is perfect for may types of events – from trade shows to fashion shows, art exhibitions to networking events.