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The Enterprise Centre wins its twentieth award

The Enterprise Centre

The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA) was one of just 45 projects to win a national Civic Trust Award last Friday (10 March), bringing the total number of awards it’s won since opening in 2015 to 20.

The Civic Trust is the only organisation that considers a building’s aesthetics, sustainability, inclusive design and the positive contribution its makes to the community it serves. They praised the Enterprise Centre for being “an exceptional building from its conception to its overall and detailed design that makes a major contribution to the UEA campus whilst adding to its history of ground-breaking buildings. The building wears its low-carbon credentials confidently but in a relaxed way that delights from its subdued displays of natural materials such as hemp, reed-board and nettle fabric to its highly innovative use of sprayed paper sound-absorbent linings.”

The Enterprise Centre is a hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses that are committed to creating a low carbon future and is one of the region’s most successful green business centres. 

Prof John French, CEO of the Adapt Group, who run the Enterprise Centre, said: “We are delighted to see this recognition for outstanding architecture and design at UEA. 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 the excellent work of our architects Architype and BDP and our main contractor, Morgan Sindall, who rose to the challenge and worked very collaboratively to deliver this outstanding building.”

The Enterprise Centre’s other accolades include a Guardian Sustainable Business Award and “Best of the Best” from the British Council for Offices.