The refurbishment programme of the Cockcroft Building at the University of Brighton, which took three years to complete, was carried out whilst the building was still being used by staff and students. The building consists of lecture theatres, various teaching spaces, laboratories and back of house areas including revised toilet cores and break out spaces. BIM modelling was used from the outset to design and deliver the building. The residual demand of the building is catered for through renewable sources including a large rooftop photovoltaic array and an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage system. The photovoltaic array consists of 132 panels which generates up to 45kWh on a typical summer day (34,000kWh of electricity a year).
An innovative approach integrating architectural, building services and structural design has unlocked the environmental potential of the 10,500m² building and enhanced this with the latest technology, including an Aquifer Thermal Energy Store; this is predicted to achieve a 57% reduction in energy demand, 59% reduction in CO² emissions and fuel savings of £82,000 each year. Winner of AJ Retrofit Awards 2016, Blueprint Awards 2016 Commended, Finalist of RICS Awards, Edie Awards, Concrete Society Awards, and Green Gown Awards.