Proceed to build net zero in Nottingham Trent Uni

Nottingham City Council has given the green light to plans to submit a new art and design building to Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

The new Net Zero building, designed by Hawkins\Brown, will enhance the connection between the Nottingham Trent University campus and the city.

Its low-carbon design will support Nottingham Trent University’s ambition to deliver the building with net zero carbon emissions.

The building, located at 40-42 Shakespeare Street, will provide a variety of design workspaces, collaboration areas, studios, specialist laboratories, classrooms, public galleries and café space.

A carbon-neutral university building for life

Combining traditional design practice with creative techniques, you’ll combine film, animation, UX design, game design, graphic design courses, and illustration, with spaces dedicated to visual communication, motion pictures, and digital screen arts majors.

Julia Roberts, Partner and Sector Leader for Education and Research at Hawkins\Brown, said: “This historic building has been designed to provide students with the best possible entry point into the creative industries.

“Our design brings Nottingham Trent University’s creative arts themes together in one building that breaks down barriers between disciplines and creates opportunities for collaboration in both physical and digital practice.

“Using our in-house carbon assessment tool, H\B:ERT, we were able to assess the carbon impact of our choices throughout the design process. This new Nottingham Trent University building reaches a high level of sustainability, and the university is committed to making it a carbon-neutral university building for life” .

The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of “Excellent” and a DEC “A”. Design decisions, such as the use of pre-stressed concrete panels and ceramic cladding, were optimized to reduce the carbon footprint using the self-developed, open-source H\B:ERT software from Hawkins\Brown.

Michael Marsden, Executive Dean of the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University, added: “This new development at 40-42 Shakespeare Street is not only an architecturally significant building for the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, but also a building housing the School of Art & Design. It has become the industry’s premier art school. creative.

“Its bold new courses, in a newly created department, will combine traditional design practices with creative techniques that will not only produce graduates for the UK’s fastest growing sector of the economy, but will position Nottingham as a hub for film, television, animation, user experience design, game design, graphic design and more.”

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