We are committed to creating sustainable buildings at the University. Our goal is to endeavour to introduce sustainable factors into all new buildings and refurbishments, and to aim for the highest environmental standards that we can whilst achieving our academic priorities.
To meet this objective the University now uses the Building Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) when undertaking new building and refurbishment projects.
We are actively working towards a more sustainable campus in the following ways:
About the sustainable features and greener aspects of our properties:
The Student Central building was set a sustainable target of achieving BREEAM Excellent status. It was a contractual obligation of the main contractor for the project to achieve this.
In addition the building has no independent heating source and uses spare capacity on the boilers in Schwann Building, the majority of the building is also naturally ventilated.
Ahead of its time in terms of reducing environmental impact, the construction of the Schwann Building, formerly the Central Services Building, in 1974 saw then state-of-the-art cooling systems installed using canal water as a cooling medium. Today around 38% of Queensgate campus buildings are still cooled using canal water.
Sparck Jones (formerly Canalside West), a 6 storey converted mill, was awarded the Ironbridge Trust Award for the ‘Best historical building back into use’ following its refurbishment in 1995. Similarly, the refurbishment of
The Haslett Building (formerly Canalside East) that followed has resulted in several heritage building awards, since its conversion in 1998. The building maintains many original mill features over its 5 floors.
Remodelling of this former church and Sunday school into music and drama spaces took place during 2006, with the stained glass fully refurbished by Local Craftsmen. It was awarded ‘Best Restoration Project’ by the Yorkshire Development Agency in 2006.
The Creative Arts Building incorporates a range of eco-friendly features like solar panels and wind turbines, and is made of construction materials that will be fully recyclable at the ends of its life. It has recently been awarded a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, one of the higher marks awarded to sustainable buildings. Follow this link for more details about the Creative Arts Building’s credentials.
The design brief for the building stipulated it must achieve a minimum of BREEAM ‘Very Good’ accreditation and be put forward for a Green Gown Award. An ecologist was engaged due to the proximity of the build to the canal, a key wildlife area on campus. The University looked to use canal water for cooling systems in the building (as achieved already for other buildings on campus), and to extend the existing district heating system.
The Oastler Building, opened in 2017, was built with environmental sustainability in mind and is one of the University's greenest buildings on campus.
The Barbara Hepworth Building, which will be home to the School of Art, Design and Architecture, will be ready in time for the forthcoming Academic Year, 2019/2020. A progress of the build can be viewed here.