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The Atrium, University of Bradford

This 4 storey ETFE clad multi-functional social space provides an important focal point for the campus. The choice of a lightweight and transparent covering helping to create an open urban square.

The atrium replaced an existing courtyard car park between three buildings. The tapered tubular trusses are supported by the three existing buildings, without the requirement for disruptive and expensive strengthening works. The lightweight ETFE material was selected following a detailed structural investigation of the supporting structures.

The atrium won the 2007 Pro-Yorkshire award for design and innovation.