Architype submits plans for UK's greenest building

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University of East Anglia building aiming for Passivhaus standard and Breeam ‘outstanding’

Architype has submitted plans for “the greenest building in the UK” at the University of East Anglia.

The Norwich Research Park Enterprise Centre is aiming for both Passivhaus certification and a Breeam ‘outstanding’ rating and will be used for research into low carbon construction.

The university’s brief specified a “world class building” which would “provide an inspiring workspace to stimulate enterprise and low carbon business start-ups” and be the “greenest building in the UK”.

Norwich Research Park Enterprise Centre

Norwich Research Park Enterprise Centre

Ben Humphries, associate director at Architype, said: “The aim from the outset was to design a unique, striking and welcoming enterprise centre, which acts as a demonstration of low carbon innovation and renewable materials.

“Our bold, crisp and contemporary design, conceived as a more ecological interpretation of UEA’s fine architectural legacy, announces the entrance to the university and also elegantly interfaces with the historic context.” 

Two main accommodation wings containing classrooms and offices are located either side of a courtyard, linked by a pavilion containing the building reception, exhibition space and offices on the first floor.  A 300-seat lecture theatre extends into the courtyard.

Building materials including thatch panelling, timber, lime, hemp and flint will be sourced locally. Renewable energy sources include photovoltaic panels and solar heating for hot water.

Other low-carbon features include mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, triple-glazed windows, super thick insulation and low energy demand.

Full planning permission for the enterprise centre is being sought from Norwich City Council, while outline plans have been submitted for another 6,000sq m of university buildings on an adjoining site.

The project team includes BDP as engineer, Bidwells as planning consultant and Churchman Landscape Architects.


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