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This innovative 20,000 sqm building uses a water based flat concrete system.

The University invested £65m with the ambition to create a low energy building utilising thermal mass, natural daylight and controlled ventilation. The architects Feilden Clegg Bradley studios were highly influential in developing a building

Business School Manchester Metropolitan University

Client:  Manchester Metropolitan University

Architect:  Felden Clegg Bradley Studios

Contractor:  Sir Robert McAlpine

Structural Engineer:   WYG

M&E Engineer:  AECOM

comprising three elements: a base; a solid exposed concrete frame; and a glass veil.

The major technical challenge given the glass veil was to regulate the temperature of the exposed concrete to 20˚C. Due to the radiant and convective effects of the exposed concrete soffit regulates the room’s air temperature between 21˚C and 26˚C,


making significant energy savings.

Another energy saving feature of this building is to use heat extracted from IT rooms etc. to warm other areas of the building or pre-heat the domestic hot water supply.

The building has BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

This innovative 20,000 sqm building uses a water based flat concrete system.

The architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were highly influential in developing a building comprising three elements: a base, a solid exposed concrete frame; and a glass veil.

The Building comprises a base, an exposed concrete frame and a glass veil

The Building achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’

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