The £6.5m project, Launchpad, will offer a highly flexible creative environment and will provide a forum for the development of diverse business opportunities. The architectural connection to AIR has been maximised in order to increase the impact of this 1,680m2 landmark building for the university.
Launchpad will facilitate an innovative graduate programme designed to place talented graduates in teams that incubate into incorporated, investible companies. Forging the growth of digital games in Cornwall, the UK and worldwide through the generation of high-value business, the new building will provide an appropriate environment which will allow a culture of innovation to flourish and will provide a visible identity to the programme. The architecture of Launchpad and its link to AIR promotes science and research in the way it has been designed. Internally, the spaces use high quality materials and modern, interesting forms which reflect the character of this creative environment.
BDP is architect, landscape architect, civil and structural engineer, acoustic engineer and principal designer. We are working with Method Consulting who provided mechanical and electrical engineering and BREEAM consultancy.
Launchpad is currently out to tender with construction and anticipated to start later this year with an expected construction programme of 12 months.
We are delighted to have been asked to design Launchpad which represents an important step change for the university and will enable expansion of their very successful Post graduate Incubator and Accelerator programmes. The new building is composed as a second phase to BDP's original AIR building and will provide an impressive gateway structure overlooking the main entrance to the Penryn Campus.Architect director, Neil Sansum