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STEM at Bradford

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire
Completion Status: September 2013 Occupancy: Occupied since September 2013
Architect: Watson Batty Architects Consultant: Couch Perry Wilkes, Quantity Surveyor: AA Projects, C&S: AECOM, Certifier: WARM
Contractor: GB Building Solutions Client: University of Bradford
Certification: December 2013 Certifier: WARM
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Large Projects Finalist: UK Passivhaus Awards 2015. A new build multi-use lab space with associated prep rooms. Buildings main aim is to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the University.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) building is a £1.5m new build state of the art laboratory building. The project involved the design and construction of an inspirational learning space including multi-use laboratory areas and prep rooms for students and visiting schools as part of the University’s aim to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The works comprises a single storey timber frame building on a raft foundation. The envelope consists of a mixture of rockpanel cladding, timber cedar cladding with the roof being single ply membrane with 5 roof lights.

The project was administered using a single stage design and build procurement route using the JCT Design and Build Contract 2011 Edition.  

The scheme is registered under BREEAM Bespoke 2008 and has been targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating (currently pending award) and AECB Silver Standard (also pending award). Part of the reason for the University being awarded the funding for the project is it made an early commitment to achieve the Passivhaus Standard rating. Therefore the targets of BREEAM ‘Outstanding’, AECB Silver and the Passivhaus Standard were the main objectives of this project and requirements. The project took seven months on site to complete and was largely off site fabrication, which resulted in the use of only four waste skips.

The University has long had commitment to developing a low energy and carbon estate that is also visually appealing it was therefore a natural progression to investigate delivering a Passivhaus building to add to the portfolio of sustainable builds and refurbishment.


£1.5m is considered a challenging budget to deliver a University science building for, therefore the project proves one can build to Passivhaus standard to commercial scale on a tight budget.


Further Information


University of Bradford

UK Passivhaus Awards 2015 Presentation

STEM building both Passivhaus & BREEAM Outstanding



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