An environmentally sustainable, architecturally significant building
The University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich is a prominent UK university ranked in the top 1% of Higher Education institutions in the world. It is also a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science. To enhance this growing reputation and meet increased demand for student accommodation, UEA decided to build a new 234-bed environmentally friendly student residence, known as Crome Court.
The challenge was to meet the university’s high expectations regarding environmental performance. Renewables were to be play a key role in the design, with CO2 emissions kept as low as possible. In addition, Crome Court had to be constructed within a tight, non-negotiable timeframe in order to be ready for a new intake of students.
Appointed as consultants, we produced detailed design and handled the project management of the mechanical and electrical services for Crome Court. Our involvement extended from the planning and construction stages through to commissioning and drew on our extensive experience and expertise in both BIM and REVIT.
The advanced environmental aspects of the building include triple glazing, solar energy panels, grey water recycling to flush toilets and a green living wall to complement the landscape of the campus. Around 69% of the energy consumed by Crome Court is expected to be provided by renewable sources, and the building will produce 95% less CO2 than a structure of similar size built to comply with normal building regulation standards.
Situated near the Bluebell Road entrance to the campus, Crome Court is now providing UEA with state-of-the-art student living accommodation. It is recognised as one of the UK’s leading examples of a building that is both environmentally sustainable and architecturally significant.
Construction Computing Awards, Collaboration Project of the Year 2014
RICS Awards, Design through Innovation 2015
Green Gown Award for the Built Environment 2015