Major environmental plaudit for University building
A flagship educational building built with Finley Structures steel has received a prestigious environmental award.
The Curve, Teesside University’s £20m teaching building at the heart of its Middlesbrough campus, has been rated ‘Excellent’ by the Building Research Establishment as part of its BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) standard, the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.
BREEAM uses scientifically based criteria to evaluate energy and water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, materials, waste, ecology, and management processes to drive greater sustainability and innovation in the built environment.
It is the latest in a series of accolades, after The Curve scooped three architecture awards in April at the 2016 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Awards. The building landed the Project of the Year, Design Through Innovation, and Regeneration prizes. The project will go forward to the national awards in London in October.
Malcolm Page, Teesside University’s chief operating officer, said: “Achieving the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating is fantastic recognition of the University’s environmental and sustainability credentials. The University is committed to providing the highest quality learning environment for our students and staff.
“The Curve has proven a hugely popular addition to our campus, and we are delighted to see its state-of-the-art design recognised through this string of awards.”
The Curve provides 1,476 square metres of quality teaching and learning space, and includes innovative energy efficiency, water recycling and ventilation features, which reduce CO2 emissions and drive sustainability.
The building was opened in September 2015, the centre-piece of the ambitious £30m Campus Heart development which included the pedestrianisation of Southfield Road and the creation of a living wall with giant LED screen.
Over recent years the University has invested nearly £260m in upgrading its campus.
Other investments include a brand new £2.75m health and fitness centre, The Gym, and a £6m upgrade of science and engineering facilities in both the Orion and Stephenson buildings
A further £6m refurbishment of the University library is currently underway, to improve facilities over the next three summers.