Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology (DIET), Wiltshire

We provided M&E engineering design for the modular residential pods on Dyson's ‘undergraduate village’ campus.

Dyson DIET pods image Peter Landers Wilkinson Eyre.jpg

Hydrock has been working collaboratively with Dyson for over four years on multiple projects across both the Malmesbury Headquarters site and the Hullavington Airfield.

The Dyson Institute for Engineering and Technology (DIET) integrates a higher education campus with commercial experience on industry, research and development. The aim of the Institute is to become a leading university, developing the engineering leaders of the future.

The Undergraduate engineers will work closely alongside the Global Engineering Team, taking responsibility for live projects, whilst studying for their engineering degree.

The campus comprises multiple 1-bedroom accommodation pods situated around the Roundhouse central hub, which comprises a café, bar, lecture hall, study zones and communal spaces.

Our client’s brief, developed by WilkinsonEyre, was the creation of accommodation pods which are visually and structurally striking, with a clever and sustainable use of materials. The pods, which measure 32 sq m, are made from sustainable cross-laminated timber (CLT), which offers superior thermal efficiency and fabric performance. They were manufactured off-site, transported to the campus and then lifted into position by crane.

As part of our multi-disciplinary appointment, Hydrock has delivered the M&E design to provide energy and water for the pods, along with electrical safety systems, as specified by the architects.

We also provided M&E design services for the central Roundhouse hub. Our engineers helped to create a welcoming environment in this unique structure, incorporating natural ventilation and indirect lighting.

In 2019, the pods were awarded first place in the residential category in the World Architecture News awards.

Images courtesy of Peter Landers Photography/Dyson.