Leeds-based architects, Farrell and Clark are celebrating as their energy saving library retrofit project for the University of Bradford was recognised at the 2013 Green Gown Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse, Derby College.
The Green Gown Awards acknowledges exceptional environmental and sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sector across the UK.
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.
The Green Gown Awards, now in their ninth year, recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education.
In these changing and challenging times, it is now more important than ever to ensure that sustainability remains high on the sector agenda, and to demonstrate that it can be synergistic with other strategic drivers such as high quality student experiences, new skill requirements, increasing access, and enhanced value for money.
GLEE is the University of Bradford’s latest Student Experience enhancement project that has not only radically improved the old, inefficient learning environment of the City Campus Library but also provided a low carbon refurbishment in tandem.
It has provided a 21st century library for the University and a vastly improved learning and student experience.
The space is flexible and will cope well with changes to libraries use.
Carbon and utility savings are huge and overall it provides a very relevant template for the sector.
Paul Jagger, partner at Farrell and Clark, said:
“It has been a privilege to have been part of the team involved in bringing this building into being.
“We are delighted to work with the University of Bradford and to support them in realizing their goal to be an outstanding facility, at the forefront of sustainable educational design and provision.”
The University of Bradford is leading the way in the UK for sustainable, environmentally efficient development and refurbishments, with a commitment to creating the greenest university estate in the country.
Farrell and Clark, who have a reputation for delivering quality architecture in the public and commercial sectors for over 28 years, were appointed by The University of Bradford following their extensive experience of delivering complex campus projects at many of the Northern Universities.