The scheme puts classrooms and academic offices in a wing fronting a landscaped quad at the heart of the College, and the library in a square, deep plan building with a huge open attic studio above. The floor plates are interconnected and punctuated by atria which supply air and admit light.

Mechanical cooling and dehumidification is installed because of the Continental climate, but the building will optimise its natural conditioning potential in the mid-season period - its energy consumption should achieve US record lows for this climatic zone.

The environmental strategy has been developed with the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University, Leicester, and the BP Institute for Multiphase Flow at Cambridge University.

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