Studying and socialising in our nationally recognised building

estates_cockcroft_aw_048The recent, multi-million pound project transforming the Cockcroft building into a state-of-the-art research, teaching and information building has been recognised in the prestigious Green Gown Awards for 2016.

Our university and the architects we worked with Fraser Brown MacKenna were named Finalist in the Built Environment category for what was one of the largest retrofits of an occupied academic building in the UK.

The transformation was described by judges as “an innovative approach integrating architectural, building services and structure design” which unlocked the environmental potential of the 10,500m2 building using the latest technology.

Innovations include an aquifer thermal energy store, potentially reducing energy demand, CO2 emissions and fuel savings. The system stores and recovers thermal energy beneath the ground and provides heating and cooling.

A spokesperson for the awards told the university: “On behalf of the Green Gown Awards Team we wanted to congratulate you on your achievement. Being a Green Gown Awards Finalist is something to be extremely proud of.”

Earlier this year the Cockcroft project won in the Higher Education category of the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards 2016. Judges called it a bold project and a model for future similar projects. Continue reading

Engineering aspects of Brighton’s British Airways i360 Tower

i360-student-visit_ceWe are hosting an IMechE lecture about new, local landmark the i360 at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22 November, in Lecture Theatre 1, Cockcroft Building.

Dr John Roberts, Chief Engineer of the construction of the i360 on Brighton seafront, will be giving a keynote presentation on the i360. The tower is 162 metres tall and the passenger viewing pod climbs to a height of 138m making it the tallest moving observation tower outside of London.

IMechE members in Sussex and Surrey, students and staff of the universities of Brighton and Sussex are all welcome to come along and find out more about the unique design of the i360 and the engineering challenges faced during its construction.

To book your place please email Keith Upton email: keithupton@tsprofessional.co.uk  or Dal Koshal email: d.koshal@brighton.ac.uk