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Royal Veterinary College Provides Eco Friendly Lodging for Their Clinical Students
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 13, 2012 @ 3:40 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,London,Sustainable Building | No Comments
The Royal Veterinary College  tasked London firm Hawkins\Brown  to design a new residential development to ensure their clinical students had housing nearby. The development is composed of nine three- and four-story timber-clad buildings housing studio apartments. Each floor houses six studios with a shared kitchen and living area. The buildings are clustered around intimate courtyards and adjacent to a dining area and conferencing facilities for the student’s use. Remaining sensitive to the surrounding countryside, the project’s design maintained an existing greenbelt.
The residences at the Hawkshead Campus were awarded BREEAM Very Good as a result of their sensitive and energy efficient design. An aluminum rain screen designed by artist Nicky Hirst  was perforated with full and half-moon shapes to protect the buildings from the elements. Materials like Western Red Cedar timber and a Bronsgroen brick for the cladded were sourced locally. The bathrooms and parts of the external envelope were prefabricated offsite to minimize waste and ensure precise construction. In addition, the project features bicycle parking, water and energy management, solar hot-water, and grey water recycling. This year, the project was named as one of Britain’s 50 Best New Buildings  with a RIBA Award.
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URLs in this post:
 Hawkshead Campus: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/About/Campuses/Hawkshead.cfm
 Royal Veterinary College: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/
 Queen Mother Hospital for Animals: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/qmh/index.cfm
 Hawkins\Brown: http://www.hawkinsbrown.com/
 2012 RIBA award: http://www.architecture.com/NewsAndPress/News/AwardsNews/News/2012/2012RIBAAwards.aspx
 Nicky Hirst: http://www.nickyhirst.co.uk/
 Co.Design: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670480/elegant-student-housing-for-future-veterinarians-on-call-at-all-hours#1
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