Environmental credentials

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The New Academic Building is not only a landmark space for the School, but is also be one of the 'greenest' buildings around. Sustainability has been a key factor in the building design, based around the following design principles:

  • re-use of the existing building
  • minimisation of energy consumption
  • ground water cooling to lecture theatres
  • BREEAM environmental performance benchmarking
  • renewable energy
  • management of energy, water and waste streams during the construction phase

BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment's environmental assessment method and the New Academic Building has now been awarded an 'Excellent' rating - a remarkable achievement.


The design improves natural ventilation and provides improved personal control over heating and air conditioning.

Offices and seminar rooms have adjustable fan coil units, whilst lecture theatres, classrooms and larger seminar rooms are able to control air supply by use of air quality and temperature sensors. Natural light has been enhanced by new windows and the lightwell, reduces the need for electric lighting.

Teaching space

A solar water heating system will be installed and a borehole has been drilled to provide cooling for the lecture theatres. This will pump naturally pre-chilled water from beneath the site to reduce the load on the air conditioning system.

Sustainability - travel

As part of the sustainability agenda, 40 secure cycle parking stands will be provided by the School in the basement, together with shower and changing facilities. Negotiations with Camden Council have also seen them commit to providing 30 pavement cycle parking spaces and a further 40 undercover spaces will be provided by the School in the basement of Tower One.

All the forecourt car parking has been removed, replaced with social and recreational areas and a travel plan for the building has been prepared.

Corner front

Key facts

  • The majority of the existing façade is retained
  • All existing glazing is replaced with new glazing to meet current building regulations
  • All lighting will have passive infra-red (PIR) control sensors with daylight switching and of low energy design
  • Heating is by high efficiency (greater than 90%), low temperature hot water boilers
  • Where possible natural ventilation is utilised. All windows can open
  • Solar hot water collectors are mounted on the roof
  • There will be some free ground water cooling from a bore hole for main lecture theatre space
  • Lighting, small power, cooling, heating and hot water are all metered for monitoring purposes
  • Water efficient fittings: spray taps and low flow showers, low volume flush toilets, waterless urinals
  • All timber specified has to be from Forest Stewardship Council Certification Scheme (FSC Certified)

 BREEAM 'Excellent' Rating

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