12 November 2012
International multi-disciplinary consultancy WYG’s Buildings & Infrastructure team recently won the Concrete Society Sustainability Award for its involvement in the new £67 million Business School and Student Hub at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
Described by the judges as “… a very impressive high-quality prestigious building”, the multi-function faculty and cross-university facilities include student and academic services, catering and informal learning areas in addition to lecture theatres, seminar rooms, offices and specialist post-graduate facilities.
The modern building with two glazed atria features large areas of high quality concrete. The construction comprised a concrete frame with cores providing stability, and precast was used extensively to assist in the programme of the works. With exposed concrete soffits and cooling pipes integrated within the structure, in addition to the use of ground source heat pumps, photo-voltaics and grey water, the building is highly sustainable.
According to the judges: “The use and quality of the concrete in this building is exceptional and may be used as a benchmark for what can be achieved.”
Based on a congested site located close to the Mancunian Way and the live campus, a diversion of a major trunk sewer into Manchester City Centre was required.
Collecting the award on 1 November, Anthony Fuller, Director and Simon Smith, Associate Director of the B&I team said: “The award is a great tribute to the expertise and commitment of WYG’s Civil & Structural and Environmental disciplines who worked closely with external partners on this project.”
Picture caption: Anthony Fuller, Director (left) and Simon Smith, Associate Director (right) of WYG’s Buildings & Infrastructure team collecting the recent Sustainability award from the Concrete Society for Manchester Metropolitan University’s new student hub and business school.
For more details on the awards vist: http://www.concrete-awards.org.uk/winners.asp
Notes to Editors
WYG is an established global management and technical consultancy to the built and natural environment that collaborates with clients in over 40 countries to help them realise their corporate and project ambitions.
A top 15 European consultancy and employing more than 1,400 people around the world, WYG has the expertise for every stage of a project’s life-cycle from planning and design to building and completion.