BDP is providing full engineering design for a new low carbon exemplar building for the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. The team, led by contractor Morgan Sindall, won a competition to design what will become known as the NRP (Norwich Research Park) Enterprise Centre. BDP has a long history with the NRP and is currently masterplanning and designing other buildings within the site.
The building will push the boundaries of the University’s already established approach to developing energy efficient buildings. Working with Architype, the project will achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, a 100 year design life and be Passivhaus certified.
The project is on target to be a ‘carbon sink’, through maximising the use of local materials and construction, it will not only provide a low embodied carbon building but help stimulate the local economy and traditional skills. Timber will come from the Thetford Forest, straw for the innovative prefabricated thatch panels from Norfolk and various building materials such as rammed chalk, heather and flint will all be locally sourced and fabricated. Operational carbon emissions will be minimised by utilising PV integrated roofs and a solar thermal installation.
James Hepburn, environmental engineering director says of the project: “BDP is thrilled to be involved as environmental engineers on this low carbon exemplar project. We are excited to be working with the UEA and the rest of the design team to deliver a world leading building which will set new standards for reducing both embodied and operational carbon emissions.”
This landmark project is part-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, (the largest single ERDF project in the region in the 2007-2015 funding round) in addition to funding from UEA, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and BRE.All images copyright to Architype