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'Green' student accommodation planned for UEA

Thu, 22 Nov 2012

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is planning a new, low energy student residence for its Norwich campus.

The state-of-the-art building will be part of a £58 million programme of investment in the campus as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The 231-bed building will be situated at the eastern edge of the site, close to a number of other student residences. It will be designed to reach extremely high standards of sustainability. The university will be seeking BREEAM 'Excellent' accreditation.

An increase in demand for campus accommodation from first-year undergraduates and new postgraduates means that the project will be completed as quickly as possible - with work scheduled to begin in June 2013 and the project completed by September 2014.

Other projects in the wider building programme include the renovation of Earlham Hall, preservation and refurbishment work on the iconic Ziggurats, construction of the exemplar low carbon NRP Enterprise Centre, and the creation of a new 2,000sqm teaching building.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Prof Edward Acton said: "We pride ourselves on our attractive campus and have led the way in commissioning buildings that are both architecturally significant and environmentally sustainable.

"This new building will be extremely energy efficient - an increasingly important factor for our socially responsible students."

During the one-year fast-track construction project, the university will work hard to keep disruption to staff, students and the public to a minimum, creating a new route onto campus for works traffic if permission can be secured from the highways authority and planning department.

A public exhibition about the project will be held from 2-8pm on November 27 in the Town Close Room at the UEA Sportspark.

The public consultation period runs until 5pm on December 14. Views on the proposals can be submitted until this time to Bidwells (UEA Residences Consultation), 16 Upper King Street, Norwich, NR3 1HA, or emailed to uearesconsultation@bidwells.co.uk.