The new V-Simulators Building, designed by LHC and built by Morgan Sindall, is the latest building to be completed on Exeter Science Park, and is being leased to the University of Exeter to house its ground-breaking Virtual Simulation Chamber.
LHC has designed a restrained, bespoke, highly-specified office and research building capable of housing this unique technology, which sits comfortably within the overall design vision for the Park. It forms the first building on the Blackhorse Cluster and meets the existing design code for this part of the Park. Its design and aesthetic appearance should be viewed as continuation of the exciting streetscape created by the Science Park Centre and Grow On Buildings.
University of Exeter
1182 m2 GIA
Completed early 2020
The state-of-the-art, world class equipment combines virtual reality technology capable of immersing up to nine occupants simultaneously in headset-projected VR scenarios, on a 4m x 4m platform which can be physically and virtually reconfigured for simulation of subtle vibrational movement.
The site includes the 3-storey building of 1182 m2 gross internal area, plus vehicle access and yard area, car parking, bin and bike stores, and landscaping. The design required a bespoke structural solution, including a 50 ton concrete slab to isolate the rest of the building from any vibration caused by the V-Simulation equipment.
The V-Simulators will be used by academics and industry to support multi-disciplinary human factors research and innovation. It offers research, commercial and training opportunities within a range of disciplines including civil and structural engineering, architecture, psychology, healthcare, human movement science, creative industries, data analytics, entertainment and sports science.