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Green light for major Passivhaus student residences in the South West

Plans for one of the world’s largest Passivhaus student accommodation schemes in Bristol for the University of the West of England have been approved, with work set to begin on site in July 2021.

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UWE Low Carbon Residences Stride Treglown (Image provided by Stride Treglown)
UWE Low Carbon Residences Stride Treglown (Image provided by Stride Treglown)

The 26,000m2 University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) scheme, designed by architects Stride Treglown, will have 900 bedrooms and conform to the principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.

The Passivhaus buildings will provide high quality accommodation for students whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling. Once complete, the complex of buildings will operate at a 75 per cent carbon reduction compared to the same size buildings of traditional design and construction.

The small amount of energy it does require for heating and hot water will be generated by photovoltaics or air source heat pumps using heat recovery systems to maximise energy efficiency.

The landscape design will include major gains in biodiversity across the site as the design encompasses the ‘Building with Nature’ standards, which UWE Bristol researchers contributed to.

The project helps meet the University’s ongoing commitment to address the challenges of climate change, move towards its own 2030 carbon targets and improve student wellbeing.

Professor Martin Boddy, UWE Bristol pro vice-chancellor, said:

"UWE Bristol are delighted to be working with the project team to deliver this development of student accommodation on our main Frenchay Campus. This will enable us to meet our clear commitment to make high quality purpose-built university accommodation available to all of our first-year students."

Tim Harris, project director and head of UK operations for project, cost and net zero carbon design consulting at JLL, said:

"It is brilliant to see UWE Bristol invest in the future of its students like this, not only from a sustainable design point of view, but also providing a new level of focus on student wellbeing.

"The university and project team have remained totally committed to delivering the core objectives of this first phase of the development and it will become a game changer for the student accommodation market with many lessons learnt that can be shared globally."

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