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Lord Mayor raises a glass to new UEA building

(pictured: impression of the building)

Fri, 14 Jun 2013

The Lord Mayor of Norwich will pour beer on the roof of the Julian Study Centre - a traditional act marking the University of East Anglia's (UEA) latest low energy building reaching its highest point.

(pictured: impression of the building)

Cllr Keith Driver, Lord Mayor of Norwich, will do the honours at 3pm on Tuesday June 18 using a bottle of ale that has been specially brewed by Woodforde's Brewery of Woodbastwick to celebrate the university's 50th anniversary.

In common with many recent buildings on campus, the new study centre has been named after a notable historical figure from the region - the anchoress Julian of Norwich, who is believed to be the first woman to publish a book in the English language.

Prof Nigel Norris, pro-vice-chancellor for academic affairs at UEA, said: "The Julian Study Centre will provide future generations of students with state-of-the-art facilities in which to learn, grow and make the most of the academic experience here on campus. It also continues our commitment to constructing environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings, a theme that will be pursued in our next projects - the Enterprise Centre and our new student accommodation building."

The Julian Study Centre will be the most environmentally advanced building on campus to date. Covering 2,000sqm over four floors, it will feature a traditional 280-seat lecture theatre alongside an 80-seat Harvard-style lecture theatre. It will also include seven seminar rooms, a cafe and a number of break-out spaces.

Due to open in September, the £6.9m building has been constructed to meet the need for further first class teaching facilities on campus. It has been built to the highest sustainable criteria, using 'Termodeck' design. Contractors Kier have also used Passivhaus techniques and the building will comply with BREEAM certification guidelines.

Dennis Cotton, operations director of Kier, said: "I am delighted to have reached this significant milestone. The project team is delivering the university an innovative building that has been designed with sustainability in mind. With cross laminated timber wall panels incorporated into the frame and an efficient heating and cooling system, we're aiming to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. I'm pleased to say we are on schedule to complete in October."

Joining the Lord Mayor to mark this key point in the construction programme will be representatives from UEA, Kier and other organisations involved in the project.