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vHH Architects take Passivhaus to Church

Working on a complex London school extension, vHH Architects are planning on adopting the standard on a 3-story adjoining extension to Grade II* listed Leicester Cathedral, due to start on site in July 2019. The project, dubbed Leicester Cathedral Revealed, is currently at the early design process (RIBA stage 2/3) with £3.3m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) secured and vHH putting a consultant’s team together. 

Leicester Cathedral Revealed (c) vHH Architects

The Client Leicester Cathedral are a very ambitious and proactive client. They have been a key driver in the decision to design and hopefully implement the new HLC to be the first cathedral extension building to be Passivhaus certified. We look forward to continuing in our close relationship with the client, and lead the consultants’ team, to help deliver buildings which will serve the cathedral to be better equipped in fulfilling their mission statement.

vHH Architects

 

Aiming for Passivhaus certification, the design proposes a reinforced concrete frame, generally with lightweight timber roof construction where the new structure abuts the cathedral. A key challenge of the 450m2 scheme will be the Passivhaus detailing in the basement, due to the proximity of cathedral walls in conjunction with the requirements of an archeological watching brief. The Trust is excited to keep tabs on the progress of this one!

Leicester Cathedral Revealed (c) vHH Architects

 

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Previous PHT story: St Benedict's on track for Passivhaus certification

1st August 2017


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