The building will house the University’s Environment Department and the York Environmental Sustainability Institute.
The three-storey development at the Russell Group institution’s Heslington Campus, will include almost 4,000 sqm of office, laboratory and teaching space along with an auditorium housed in a distinctive oval rotunda. The space is divided between learning and research functions and office accommodation.
Aiming for a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating of Excellent, the development comes complete with a raft of environmental measures including: the creation of a living green wall on the southelevation, solar photovoltaic panels installed on part of the building’s roof to help with power generation, a green roof and connection to the University’s existing district heating system.
Engineers are also investigating the possibility of using the nearby Scullions Lake to install a lake-source heat pump to further assist with heating the building.
Morgan Sindall area director, Kevin Donegan, said: “We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to play our part in the ongoing redevelopment of The University of York. It is a prestigious institution and we are very pleased to have been selected to deliver this important project for them.
“As with all our educational projects, we aim to create spaces which help people achieve their very best. This building will be one which will proudly boast its environmental credentials to all who will see and use it. It will become a key building in our higher education portfolio.”
Work on the development started in August 2014 and is expected be completed in the late summer of 2015.