The building is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating achieved only by the top 10% of developments. This will be achieved by designing an energy efficient building with high levels of insulation, natural ventilation, and hot water provision through air source heat pumps. Electric heating will be installed throughout so that emissions will reduce further as the electricity grid decarbonises.
Materials have been carefully selected to ensure they are responsibly sourced, durable, and fit for purpose. For example, the timber columns used to support the building are a natural by-product of the forestry industry and are essentially tree trunks stripped of bark.
The building frame is designed to be manufactured off-site to reduce the amount of waste produced and pollution created. Energy and water use on site will be closely monitored, as will energy used to transport materials to site and waste from site. Where waste is generated onsite, it will be separated into key waste groups and removed by a waste contractor for reuse or recycling.
Cycling and walking will be the natural choices for travel, with students, excluding those with disabilities, prevented from owning a car. An additional 98 new cycle spaces will be provided on site, taking the total number on site to 230 cycle spaces.