The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath can trace its uniquely joint nature back to 1965. In 1976, when Sir Ted Happold moved to Bath to set up Buro Happold, he became Professor of Building Engineering, the Department embarked on its provision of internationally-leading teaching and research in the built environment. In June 2005 the university signed a partnership agreement with the Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE Ltd) to establish the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials. The centre’s remit is to conduct innovative research and development in the field of sustainable construction materials.
In 2009, White Design won an invited competition to conduct a feasibility study for a new landmark ‘zero carbon’ building using state-of-the-art technologies and innovative construction materials. The new building will allow for future development and expansion of the BRE CICM and is expected to demonstrate application of some construction materials and technologies for which relatively little is known. These include: innovative timber engineering, advance fibre composites, low carbon renewable materials, stainless steel and low carbon concretes.
The proposed design:
provides a state of the art landmark zero carbon building at the University of Bath;
meets the current and future needs of University of Bath and BRE CICM through the enhanced provision of laboratory and analytical facilities, office accommodation, meeting rooms & exhibition space;
provides opportunities for academic research and teaching in innovative construction materials; and
builds capacity by further developing collaborative links with local, regional, national and international organisations.