Because efficiency matters

SEACAMS New Innovation Centre

COST: £6.5 million
SIZE: 1800m2


This new facility will be a doorway between academics and researchers into the commercial business sectors in Wales.  It will provide the intellectual, technical and practical infrastructure for improving collaboration between researchers and businesses.

Businesses will have access to expertise, laboratory and ship facilities, and space for new collaborative projects. The Centre will also be a focus for research/business workshops and conferences which will facilitate ongoing collaborative projects, generate new projects, provide a centre for the marine sector in Wales, and raise the profile of Wales as an international hub in the sector.

An important aspect of the Innovation Centre is the relationship with Menai Bridge and Anglesey. The centre will both blend in with the surroundings in Menai Bridge, whilst making an impact aesthetically. It will improve the relationship between the School and the town, being open to the public to promote the relationship with the sea.

As part of an environmental project the Innovation Centre must have a high design quality, environmental sustainability and procurement approach, whilst creating an iconic redevelopment to enhance the interactions of Higher Education and businesses. The Innovation Centre development will be of BREEAM Excellent standard in keeping with an environmental facility, meeting demanding criteria to minimise environmental impact during construction and to ensure environmental sustainability.

During the planning phase my input was required from the offset in design meetings. As a waste, recycling and sustainable construction expert I was key in advising on local aspects of the project including identifying local expertise and building materials.
set up a ‘Designing Out Waste’ workshop with WRAP to look at key elements of the build to minimise waste through the whole life cycle of the build, including the construction phase. Transportation during construction is always a sensitive issue. To minimise the impact during construction, innovative ways of achieving high recycled content levels and minimising construction waste have been built into the design.

My input has resulted in substantially higher levels of reuse and recycling being possible and contributed to the decision to construct a timber framed building.  I am also responsible for an outline Site Waste Management Plan and the design of the waste facilities for the operation of the building that integrates with the Universities exiting policies, and will begin during construction and for the life of the building.

posted: 27 January 2011