re:centre, Univ’ of Bradford

The University of Bradford commissioned this building to act as a central focus for the institution’s Ecoversity commitment, acting as an educational facility for schools and providing spaces for start-up businesses to develop. The ambition was to demonstrate broadly how sustainability is as much about an approach to living, working and learning as it is about creating the most efficient building. As a method of demonstrating the sustainable intent of this building, exemplar BREEAM performance as well as one of the countries first LEED Assessments for an academic building were provided within a ranging scope of service by GWP Project Services that included a demanding brief, working with innovative and forward thinking building materials and pushing sustainable construction accreditation to unchartered territory.

The result is what the University of Bradford describe as an iconic building with sustainability at the heart of the scheme.  Alongside the ambition to create a low energy building, incorporating inventive design, innovative materials and low embodied energy is the balance with efficient use, occupancy profiling and the ability to learn from behavioural patterns that will be academically researched to improve our understanding of how energy efficient buildings work.

A BREEAM exemplar, GWP Project Services extensive resources and persistent management of the accreditation process has played a large role in the success of the project.

Key facts

– >30% heat demand provided via ASHP
– ASHP Powered by roof mounted Photovoltaics
– 3rd Highest BREEAM Design Stage rating – 94.95%
– Passively ventilated and cooled throughout