The building is very identifiably[according to whom?] an Alsop creation, making use of colour and unusual forms. Within the glass pavilion are three suspended 'pods', housing meeting spaces, a small lecture theatre and an education centre. The main lecture theatre is almost entirely green with a few red chairs spotted around to suggest poppies in a meadow. Bruce McLean's designs are featured in coloured glass panels.
The building won the Civic Trust award 2006 and the RIBA regional award (London) 2006.