Bournemouth University – Gateway Building

The Bournemouth Gateway Building at Bournemouth University is a physical representation of the university’s vision of Fusion: to create the most stimulating, challenging and rewarding university experience in a world-class learning community. The construction includes 27 new seminar rooms, a lecture theatre, research space, an open access computer suite, rooftop terraces and a catering facility, with feature atria.

The Fusion Building is the university’s most environmentally sustainable building to date. Achieving an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A and BREEAM Excellent, it features a range of the latest technologies designed to reduce its impact, including the selection of LED lighting throughout.

Ground source heat pumps lower the university’s carbon emissions and heat the building in the winter and cool it during summer. The installation of high efficiency photovoltaic solar panels generates electricity, allowing the building to run on very low energy inputs.

Sensor-operated LED lighting provided by Dextra Lighting as well as the glazed atrium and AV systems, which turn off automatically when the areas are unoccupied, all helped reduce the energy demands of the building to help the university achieve commitment to environmental sustainability.

Working on this project were Kier and Mitie – the M&E Sub-Contractor as well as consultant AECOM. Dextra was chosen because Bournemouth University wanted to work with and support a local company which helped reduce its carbon footprint in delivering this project.


Dextra provided bespoke outputs for the Rubix Suspended Bi-Directional to ensure it was achieving the required illumination and energy to meet the specific EPC requirements.

The Rubix Suspended Bi-Directional offers glare compliance to BSEN12464 and UGR19 or below ensuring it can be used in applications such as offices and classrooms. In common with other members of the Rubix family the optic frame is available in a range of colours and the housing can be supplied in either white or black allowing the appearance to be tailored to suit any corporate theme.

With bi-directional output as standard the Rubix Suspended Bi-Directional ensures that both the working area and the ceiling is effectively lit providing an attractive space. A balanced design also allows for a two-point suspension that is both discreet and quick to install. With both six cell 1500mm options, four cell 1200mm and continuous run options the performance and appearance of the Rubix is easily customised to a wide range of applications. Continuous run variants are supplied complete with four or six pole through wiring loom for quick and easy plug and socket connection and are also available with a range of blind units.

Elsewhere, the Modled Office was also used on the project. This product has been designed specifically for applications where monitors are used in areas such as classrooms and offices.