Topping Out Ceremony for the 5G Communications Research Building at the University of Surrey


Author: Peter Dudley

Peter Dudley leads STW in the design of advanced international science and technology facilities.


Scott Tallon Walker has designed the UK’s largest academic research centre for mobile communications at the University of Surrey. The centre, which accommodates 130 researchers and up to 90 PhD students, will focus its research on next-generation 5G mobile networks.

At the topping-out ceremony for the 5G Communications Research Building at University of Surrey in July 2014 were the University’s Vice Chancellor, Sir Christopher Snowden (centre), Gerry Hughes, Director Gilbert-Ash Construction and Peter Dudley, Director Scott Tallon Walker architects (right). The 3 storey, highly energy efficient, building was designed following an open competition and will be completed on schedule in January 2015. Funding for the centre has come from a variety of sources including Government and industry leaders in 5G research including Huawei, Samsung and Telefonica.

The University of Surrey scheme is the latest Higher Education Institution building designed by Scott Tallon Walker in the UK. This brings the total HE space designed by the firm to over 200,000 sq. m. across 20 HEIs. Other HE projects currently being worked on include the GYP CYROI, a Bio Medical research building at the Université de Saint Dennis in La Réunion, France and the 10,000m2 Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast.

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