Campus Timeline:Phytobiology Building (2013)
The Phytobiology Building is a state-of-the-art controlled environment and glasshouse facility for research into plant science and food security.
- An energy-efficient glasshouse building (no mean feat).
- 30% of the building's cooling will come from "free-cooling".
- A thermal heating storage vessel will generate more energy-efficient cooling.
The design concept has been to meet the buildings heating and cooling demands, which are considerable for a ‘glasshouse’ facility, in a manner which mitigates energy costs and associated CO2 emissions.
As a result of the design strategy, this building has significantly reduced its heating and cooling loads by 73% and 65% respectively when compared to a traditional glasshouse design.
|Start & Finish dates||June 2012 – February 2013|
|Funded by||Capital Projects|
|Requested by||School of Life Sciences|
|Managed by||Estates Office|
|Architects||BMJ (Boswell Mitchell Johnston)|
|Mechanical Engineers||CPW (Couch Perry Wilkes)|
|Electrical Engineers||CPW (Couch Perry Wilkes)|
|Structural Engineers||CTM (Cox Turner Morse)|
|Main Contractor||Willmott Dixon|
|Basic Building Cost||£2,700/m2|
|External Works||TBC £/m2|
|Gross Floor Area||1,130m2|
|Total Area of Site||2,000 m2|
|Function Areas and Their Size||Controlled Environment Hall
Glasshouse (polycarbonate) ‘Gro-Dome’
Office / Rest room and Toilets
Teaching (wet) Lab 270m2
|Area of Storage||Circa 50m2|
|Area of Circulation||Circa 100m2|
|Electricity Consumption||TBC kWh/m2|
|Fossil Fuel Consumption||TBC kWh/m2|
|Low Carbon Energy Generation||Yes|
|Water use||TBC m3/year|
|Steps taken to reduce environmental impact||