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Bradford's Bright Building has been awarded a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating

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University of Bradford building, designed by architects Farrell & Clark, sets example for sustainability

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | June 18, 2015 | Sustainability

The University of Bradford's Bright Building, designed by Leeds based Farrell and Clark, has this month been awarded a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating, which firmly places it within the top 1% of UK buildings in terms of sustainability and reducing environmental impact and has achieved a Post Construction BREEAM credit score of 95.20%. The £5.2 million building has been funded by ERDF, HEFCE and the University. The project has attracted £2.32 million capital grant investment from the European Regional Development Fund.

ABOVE: The sunspace breakout deck

This mixed-use educational and private enterprise facility utilises extremely high levels of insulation, a passive ventilation and heating strategy and a number of low and zero carbon technologies. Innovative building techniques are incorporated within the fabric of the building's design including biologically friendly hemp material within a structural timber frame to form the external walls. 

Internally, spaces have been designed to support creative thinking. The aim of the building is to promote collaboration, exchange of ideas and adaptability. This is not the first award-winning building that Farrell and Clark have designed for the University of Bradford. In 2013 the firm were recognised for their energy saving library retrofit project at the Green Gown Awards. The JB Priestley Library GLEE (Green Library Education and Environment) project fought off stiff competition from nine other shortlisted contenders in the Facilities and Services category to win the prestigious award.

ABOVE: The sunspace Atrium

Quality is at the heart of the service and design approach adopted by the firm. Experienced and talented architects are supported by interior designers and technologists, all working as a team aimed at delivering inspiring projects that meet time, cost and aspirational targets.

Delivering effective, sustainable buildings has been the key to success for Farrell and Clark who are contributing to our higher education environments by encouraging appropriate development. Having completed more than 325 complex campus projects for Northern universities, plus a wealth of other council and private company projects, you can see why Farrell and Clark are the architects of choice with a reputation for delivering quality and consistency.

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