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Further award success for UEA’s Enterprise Centre

The Enterprise Centre

The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has increased its awards total to 22 since opening two years ago, by winning the "Design Through Innovation" Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East of England Award on 10 May at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

Regarded as the premier property and construction awards in the country, the judges singled out The Enterprise Centre for its “innovative approach” and said that “At each and every stage the client and delivery team have questioned how things can be done differently and be improved upon. This approach has attracted a great deal of attention, from both the UK construction industry and overseas, setting a new precedent for sustainable design and proving that innovation need not limit architectural achievement.”

The Enterprise Centre is one of the UK’s most sustainable buildings and, since opening in 2015, has become a leading hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses that are committed to creating a low carbon future, helping it to become one of the region’s most successful green business centres. Its other awards include a Guardian Sustainable Business Award and “Best of the Best” from the British Council for Offices.

Prof John French, CEO of the Adapt Group, which is based at The Enterprise Centre, said: ‘We’re delighted to see this recognition for outstanding architecture and design at the University of East Anglia. This building had a very demanding environmental specification targeting both BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus certification as well as local materials and bio-renewables and it is now recognised as one of the lowest-energy buildings ever created.

“The award is also a tribute to our project managers 3PM and our cost consultants Capita who worked closely with the delivery team to deliver value for money as well as environmental design and performance.”