Maintaining and developing our built environment Maintaining and developing our built environment

The original design for the University of East Anglia campus, by Denys Lasdun, allowed for a merging of the natural with the built environment. UEA now balances the 1960s concrete legacy buildings with newer, low-carbon additions.

The central spine to our campus, the Lasdun Teaching Wall, poses particular challenges to estate strategy. A major component of the next phase of the Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme (2020 to 2025) is likely to be the refurbishment of the 1960s campus buildings, with energy reduction in mind alongside improving environmental conditions.

UEA was an early adopter of the low energy/carbon agenda, with our low carbon campus journey beginning in the early 1990s.

Learn more about our low carbon campus journey


New buildings: 2014-2015 New buildings: 2014-2015

2014/15 saw four new buildings open across the Norwich Research Park (NRP). The lessons learned are being carried forward into UEA’s newest accommodation buildings (Hickling House and Barton House), and the Quadram Institute on the NRP.

Centrum (July 2014)

The Centrum building serves as a central hub for the NRP, offering office and laboratory space.

"Collaboration is vital for successful research and development, and the Centrum will offer space for informal networking and bookable meeting rooms in addition to the dedicated laboratory and office suites.” — Matthew Jones, Chief Operating Officer, NRP

Crome Court (August 2014)

Crome Court external photo with green wall

Crome Court is our newest accommodation block. Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used to ensure everyone on the project knew exactly what they had to achieve, and environmental measures include greywater recycling, an exterior green wall and a 21kW PV array.

Certified as BREEAM Excellent, it was one of the first projects in the UK to have achieved a fully-integrated BIM Level 2. Crome Court has also won a number of awards; the 2015 RICS Grand Final for ‘Design through Innovation’, the 2014 Construction Computing Awards ‘Collaboration Project of the Year’, and the 2015 Green Gown Awards in the ‘Built Environment’ category.

“Further showcasing UEA’s low carbon campus, Crome Court is an example of how seriously we take both our environmental impact and providing the highest quality student experience.” — Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor

Find out more: Read the Crome Court case study

Bob Champion Research and Education Building (BCRE) (February 2015)

Bob Champion Research and Education Building (BCRE) (photo credit Pete Huggins)

The £19m BCRE building is managed by UEA in partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. It provides state of the art laboratories for our research teams to undertake world class research into prostate cancer, antibiotic resistance disease, musculoskeletal disease, and gastrointestinal diseases.

Throughout the building process there were important design choices made to ensure that the hi-tech facility would be environmentally sound. The outside of the building has been clad using Western Red Cedar, a fast-growing tree forested in the UK. All areas of the building have optimised natural lighting and environmental comfort control, with extensive consideration given to areas where it may impact occupant productivity and performance levels.

The Enterprise Centre (June 2015)

The Enterprise Centre building, viewed from University Drive (photo by Morgan Sindall)

The Enterprise Centre is UEA and Norfolk’s showcase low carbon building, on track to be the UK’s greenest commercial building.

It is an inspirational example of the potential for sustainability-aware architecture and local, bio-renewable materials. Examples include using local Corsican pine from nearby Thetford Forest, which had not been built with before.

Hemp and local straw were used for the thatch cladding, using a brand new method of ‘cassettes’ hung on the sides for added insulation and weatherproofing. This also took social sustainability into account, as it provided local craftspeople with employment outside of the usual thatching season.

The building hosts EnterpriseCentral, UEA's student enterprise hub. They offer a range of services and support for any students or recent graduates looking to set up a business or social enterprise. Support includes skills workshops, business coaching, start-up mentoring, funding, and space for individuals to plan, create and innovate.

Find out more: Read our case study on The Enterprise Centre