MDX Pavilion provided an opportunity for the students at Middlesex University to collaborate with the universities professional team. BPR Architects helped MU’s 2nd and 3rd year Architectural Technology students work through all stages of the design and construction process, including developing the brief with the executive team through to taking part in site visits during construction. The team produced a zero carbon pavilion that can be used by all the faculties and has been designed evolve over time.

Over a period of five years, the project is intended to adapt to designs by each year of students on the course. The primary function of the structure is to be a showcase of sustainable technology. The students collaborated with industry to secure planning, complete tender and construct the project.

Completed in June 2019, the space has already been booked for yoga classes, lecture briefings and graduation celebrations.


Middlesex University

Services Consultants

Mott MacDonald

Project Leader

Dr Homeira Shayesteh

Structural Engineers


Cost Consultants

Currie & Brown

Zero Carbon

The students chose innovative materials including mycelium feature panels, green roof, gabion baskets and a screw piled foundation which were used to minimise the impact on the adjacent landscape.

Laminated timber frame, sedum roof and recycled plastic decking were chosen as carbon positive materials.

Steel screw piled foundations and low-level gabion walls have eliminated the use of concrete.

Exhibition Pavilion

Opportunity for a broad range of courses to show case their work.

The ‘Pavilion Project’ provides a statement facility on campus for both the benefit of Architectural Students and the wider Barnet community.

Community Use

The Pavilion is designed to stand out as a sculptural statement. The sloping roof and intriguing octagonal ribbed designed invites people to engage with the space. Situated along a public footpath at the Hendon Campus the Pavilion is for use by both the University and local community.