Tom Reilly Building, John Moores University

Austin-Smith:Lord, Liverpool, 2009


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View from Byrom Street 

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  • View from Byrom Street    
  • Cantilevered Byrom Street Facade    
  • Detail of Byron Street elevation    
  • Cantilevered stair and west facade    
  • View from future campus courtyard    
  • Byrom Street approach to the main entrance    
  • Looking east from main entrance lobby    
  • View across the top of cascading stairs    
  • Looking west from main entrance lobby    
  • Site plan    
  • First floor plan - laboratories    
  • Second floor plan - teaching & office    
  • Window seat detail    

The building for the Departments of Sports Science and Psychology comprises teaching areas, offices, specialist bio-mechanic laboratories, and a 60 meter indoor running track

The project, which lies at the northern end of the Byrom Street campus, forms the first phase of a wider masterplan for the University’s city centre campuses.

The five-star rated research building uses its window systems to achieve an animated facade. In the upper sections of the facade, a Schuco FW60+ curtain wall system is suspended from the roof slab with solid and glazed components.

The glazed section is full height allowing natural light into the teaching areas and offices. The opening windows provide a vibrant display of colour at night, using a Vanceva interlayer within the inner pane of glass.

The middle section is U-profile cast glass, constructed as a double glazed installation. To the north, west and east facades, the cavity of the Reglit system is filled with Okalux, improving thermal performance. Varying levels of transparency and translucency animate the facade.

At low level, the louvred windows are linked to the building management system which admits controlled amounts of low level cool air as part of natural ventilation strategy for double height circulation area.


  • Begun: Apr 2008
  • Completed: Nov 2009
  • Floor area: 6,400m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £20M
  • Procurement: JCT Standard form of Management Contract
  • Address: Tom Reilly Building, John Moores University, Byrom Way, Liverpool, L3 3AF, United Kingdom

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