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Enterprise Centre! Thatching, low-carbon concrete, tenancy, turf!
News • Case studies
October 27, 2016

Enterprise Centre! Thatching, low-carbon concrete, tenancy, turf!

Check out these videos about Enterprise Centre in Norwich, one of Swegon Air Academy Case Studies (link to more information here).

The purpose of the building, which is targeting Passivhaus Certification and BREEAM Outstanding using renewable materials, is to host an enterprise centre, teaching and learning rooms – including a 300 seat lecture theatre – in a building of at least 3000m2 that would also be a “gateway to the university”. The brief included a remit to fulfil the ERDF requirements that the building is a demonstration of innovation in design, build and post occupancy. Part of that demonstration was to include facilities for testing the next generation of renewable materials.

Video on Low carbon concrete pour at The Enterprise Centre in Norwich

The £11.6 million Enterprise Centre build project at the University of East Anglia has reached a key milestone with the completion of the first major concrete pour. Whilst pouring concrete into a hole may not seem very exciting, this is no ordinary site and it is no ordinary hole that has been filled. The Enterprise Centre is set to become a leading example of low carbon commercial construction and the project team utilised a specially designed carbon concrete mix for the pour. The concrete pour marks a critical stage in the construction process.

The concrete is a low embodied carbon concrete mix, including 70 per cent Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBS) cement replacement together with recycled sand and certified responsibly sourced aggregates. GGBS is a cement replacement product that comes directly from the steelworks industry, as a by-product of the blast furnaces used to make iron and steel. The recycled sand is produced from material excavated from other construction sites and recycled by JT Few at their plant in Great Blakenham near Ipswich. The concrete contains around only 40% of the embodied carbon of normal concrete and is a major component in achieving the low carbon credentials of the project.

Video on Turf Cutting Event | Start of Works Ceremony at The Enterprise Centre in Norwich

A demonstration by a local master thatcher marked the start of work on the ground-breaking low carbon Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA), part of the Norwich Research Park. The demonstration, replacing a traditional ‘turf-cutting’, was done by Stephen Letch of the East Anglia Master Thatchers, who will be working on large-scale thatch panels for the building, made from yeoman wheat grown locally in Starston.

Video on Tenancy in The Enterprise Centre in Norwich – the UK’s greenest building

Video on Thatching Showcase at The Enterprise Centre in Norwich

All videos can be found on Swegon Air Academy YouTube Channel (link here).

Videos from Adapt Low Carbon Group.