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Enterprise Centre celebrated as world class sustainable building

The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia has been recognised once again for its green credentials, winning at the annual BREEAM Awards.

The Enterprise Centre was recognised as the best in the ‘Education’ category at the ceremony, run by independent consultancy BRE, which issues prestigious BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) certification to buildings worldwide.

The BREEAM Awards recognise the achievement of those involved in the specification, design and construction of assessed buildings. Every building certified is considered for entry in the awards with the top five scoring buildings within each category shortlisted.

Representatives from the Adapt Low Carbon Group attended the award ceremony where The Enterprise Centre triumphed over Wimbledon Arts Studio, South Lanarkshire College Low Carbon Teaching Building, Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Prof John French, Enterprise Centre project director and Adapt CEO, said: “Winning a BREEAM award for The Enterprise Centre at The University of East Anglia underlines the world class work carried out by the University, the Adapt Group and our team of contractors, in developing the greenest building in the UK.”

Purpose-built to deliver UEA's enterprise activities alongside teaching, the Enterprise Centre is an exciting, dynamic, and collaborative workplace. Located at the gateway to the campus, and managed by the Adapt Low Carbon Group, the ground-breaking building is the region’s hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses that are committed to building a low carbon future, and offers virtual tenancy and hot desk hire an option alongside traditional tenancy and space bookings.

The vision was developed by the Adapt Low Carbon Group and delivered by Morgan Sindall plc, with a team including architects and Passivhaus designers Architype, structural and building services engineers BDP, and Churchman Landscape Architects.

Ben Humphries, director at Architype, said: “We are delighted that the Enterprise Centre has won this award.  It has been a fantastic team effort to create a building that sets new environmental standards for the education and commercial sectors.  Hopefully the building will be a catalyst for the use of renewable materials in construction.”

The Enterprise Centre is one of a number of new buildings on campus striving to meet the highest environmental standards. The Crome Court accommodation building, which opened in 2014, is UEA's greenest and most energy efficient accommodation. And the new residences currently under construction, Barton House and Hickling House, will also be targeting BREEAM Excellent certification.

For more information, visit www.breeam.com/