The Studios Building at the University of the West of England, Bristol

White, C. (2002) The Studios Building at the University of the West of England, Bristol. University of the West of England. Available from:
Creators:White, C.
Abstract/Description:This £2.6m project, on which White was principal designer combined innovative technologies to deliver a new home for the first jointly RIBA and RTPI accredited undergraduate Architecture and Planning course in the UK at UWE Bristol. Completed in 2002, this was the first major UK project to specify glued, thin-bed masonry which is quicker and less wasteful and, because of its strength, needs less supporting steel work. It also incorporates early use of pre-fabricated 'modcell' compressed straw panels in a commercial context. This technology, developed in collaboration by White Design, gave U-values some 10 times better than then required under Building Regulations and allowed rapid assembly. The building incorporates passive ventilation, maximum use of natural daylight, passive solar energy, photovoltaic array, rainwater harvesting, domestic-scale back up hot water, and showers/changing facilities to encourage cycling. The building acts as a valuable teaching and learning resource for the students, their lecturers and researchers and has been designed to meet the highest environmental standards. The learning concept exposes the structure, materials and services in order to allow students to relate theory to practice. Research into building performance is supported by the building management system and installed sensors. The building was awarded first prize from the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT) in November 2002, short listed for the 2002 Brick Development Association annual award, featured on BBC Tomorrows World, March 2002. It also received the RSA Award for Integration of Art and Architecture, 2004, for the 'colour theory' installation by artist and UWE Visiting Lecturer Andy Bradford, incorporated in the building.
Item Type:Other
Uncontrolled Keywords:building, UWE
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
Year of publication, submission, or completion:2002
Funders (or N/A if none):N/A
ID Code:6028
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:11
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 22:18