More plaudits for Universitys innovative Centre for Medicine

Our landmark Centre for Medicine building has won another award recognising its positive environmental impact – and is shortlisted for another the winner of which is soon to be announced.

Last week, the groundbreaking building won the won the ENDS Environmental Impact Awards Project of the Year - Built Environment. The annual ENDS awards are hosted by the ENDS report a UK based commercial information source for environmental professionals published in a variety of media. The award-winning projects and schemes demonstrate what can be gained by investing in and developing environmental and sustainability skills.

The Centre for Medicine is also in the running for an international award - it is shortlisted in the Sustainable Science Building category at the S-Lab Awards 2017 announced on 9 May. These awards recognise excellence in laboratory design, management and operation, showcasing the very best scientific facilities from 11 countries in five continents.

The Centre for Medicine, built by contractor Willmott Dixon, was certified as UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus building in 2016. Developed in Germany in the early 1990s, Passivhaus is the fastest-growing energy performance standard in the world.

A key facet of Passivhaus is a ‘fabric first’ approach to construction and as such the building is incredibly well insulated and air tight to prevent heat leakage through the windows, walls, floor and roof. Comfort for staff, students and visitors from the local community and beyond, will be maintained by a state-of-the-art heating, cooling and ventilation system.