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USB scoops sustainability award

The Urban Sciences Building (USB), the University’s flagship £60m building for urban research, has received the Lord Mayor’s Design Award for Sustainability in Newcastle.

Lord Mayor Councillor of Newcastle, Linda Wright, and the final judging panel recognised the USB for its innovative design and ‘non-conventional approach to sustainability’, referring to its building as a lab concept that ‘…is not just here to be sustainable, but to challenge what sustainable means’.

Hawkins\Brown the architect of the USB and the main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland shared the award with Newcastle University - an extraordinary team effort that resulted in completion of the building ahead of schedule, opening on Science Central in autumn 2017.

The first University building onsite besides the Key, the USB has a wide array of sustainability features including a national green infrastructure facility, sustainable urban drainage, energy storage test bed, smart grid lab, and solar PV array. Embedded with over 300 digital sensors it is home to our world class School of Computing, and is a centre for interdisciplinary research that is tackling global challenges in sustainability using digital solutions.

The Lord Mayor’s Design Award adds to a growing list of awards for the building, which include the BREEAM Innovation Credit for going beyond best practice in sustainability, and outstanding CEEQUAL Award for best practice in sustainable urban drainage, mitigating water run-off into Newcastle city centre.

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published on: 2 February 2018