UCL’s New Student Centre is a flagship development in the heart of Bloomsbury. With no clear brief on quite how the building would be used we worked closely with the design team to develop a building that is flexible and adaptable to a range of different needs at the same time as minimising resource consumption. Working with Nicholas Hare Architects we considered how technology and the future of education would influence the layout of the building.
By engaging with the client and design team early on, defining a shared sustainability vision, and using frameworks like BREEAM in a useful way, we were able to add real value to the project and achieve high levels of sustainability and energy performance cost effectively.
We led discussions on how to achieve sustainability in different aspects of the project including: operational and embodied energy, water conservation, healthy material choices, recycling, building performance and adaptability.