AUCB Entrance Lodge

Lee / Fitzgerald Architects, Poole, Dorset, 2010


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Lee/Fitzgerald Architects were commissioned to prepare designs for a new entrance lodge for The Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB)

The brief was to develop a scheme that would reflect AUCBs aspirations as a dedicated specialist arts institution while accommodating the functional requirements to provide shelter for the security staff and to obscure the unsightly electrical substation.

The physical size of the room required for the staff was extremely small and unlikely to have a significant visual impact. It was this and the need to obscure the substation that led to the concept of slipped planes defining a space enclosed by a simple roof, glass and storage wall.

The two slipped planes forming the main walls of the lodge stretch out into the landscape, parallel to the access road. The over-sailing roof canopy sits on top of the walls adding a slender sense of horizontality, and extends out over the pavement to enable the security guards to shelter from the rain while attending to arriving vehicles. The glass box nestled beneath the canopy and between the walls provides simple cohesion between these 3 elements.

Under the leadership of the Principal, Stuart Bartholomew, The AUCB has consistently demonstrated it’s commitment to high quality design and the Lodge is the latest in a series of commissions spanning more than 10 years that have seen the transformation of the campus from a modest and architecturally uninspiring collection of buildings into a vibrant and stimulating environment.


  • Begun: Jul 2010
  • Completed: Oct 2010
  • Floor area: 10m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £85,000
  • Procurement: JCT 2005 minor works building contract with contractor’s design revision 2 2009 works procured on a single stage competitive basis
  • CO2 Emissions: 45kg/m2/year
  • Address: The Arts University College at Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH, United Kingdom

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