University of Bradford Bright Building

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University of Bradford

Client’s Requirements

The Bright Building, which opened in autumn 2013, is a monolithic hemp and timber frame building, which utilises a range of recycled materials and incorporates a variety of renewable energy technologies. It has a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Outstanding’ rating and, at the time of award, had the highest BREEAM interim assessment on record of 94.95 per cent.

It has an iconic status within the campus to demonstrate and educate the users and visitors to the building and the campus about sustainable construction, design and use.

The building is multi use and consists of house teaching spaces, meeting rooms, incubator start up rooms, a multi-function space, open plan office area and a number of business units. The building also benefits from a roof top green roof which was to be used for education purposes as well as a breakout area.

Silcock Leedham’s Contribution

Silcock Leedham was responsible for the conceptual design in conjunction with the architects, the development of Mechanical and Electrical strategies and the production of documents up to RIBA stage D.  This included full mechanical and electrical building modelling .

We remained Client-side to oversee and check the contractors design, provide advisory services and monitor standards of workmanship.