Plans just submitted for a new 12-storey teaching block on the site of the old Victoria Swimming Baths set the bar for new development in the city. If it gets built as currently proposed, it will provide an excellent example of the standards we all need to be striving for, as we develop our properties.
It is a difficult site - opposition will come from those worried about shadows in Victoria Park and the University itself wanted a statement building that meets the changing needs of educators, but obviously cannot afford a 20 or 30 storey building given the challenges all such institutions face post Covid.
What they have come up with is a great effort - at just 12 storeys with a large hole in the middle to allow as much light in and through as possible, with an irregular shaped roof to maximise the sunward facing solar panels, it will be 'all electric' with cooling and base heat provided by bore holes drilled into the aquifer below and a light weight construction to minimise total concrete and thus reduce build costs, it should also be cheap to run once complete.
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