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The University of Nottingham Si Yuan Centre



Value: £4 million
Client: The University of Nottingham


The Si Yuan Centre is a £4m academic facility which houses the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, along with the China Policy Institute and Nottingham Confucius Institute, is an international centre and icon of East-West co-operation.

The 2,200m² centre will provide facilities including teaching and lecture spaces, gallery space, offices, and research areas, earning its role as a home for Europe’s leading gateway to Chinese Studies.

Anderson Green was responsible for the BREEAM Assessment of the project, which involved analysing and providing consultancy and advice on the sustainability aspects of the design, construction and occupant use.

Best in Class

The building incorporates various sustainable technologies and passive design features including exposed concrete soffits, high levels of thermal insulation, solar shading and high specification glazing to reduce heat gains, and energy efficient lighting.

One of the key features installed to improve the environmental impact of the centre is through the combined use of ground source heat pump, solar hot water system and photovoltaic panels to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and electricity from the national grid, and thereby maximising energy from renewable sources.

As a result of the sustainable measures incorporated into the design and carried out during the design and construction processed, the Si Yuan has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation for sustainability.


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