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Arup beat the other five contenders thanks to their sustainable message and the short turnaround for the completion of the building. The project goes beyond sustainable building and provides extremelyflexible workspaces and interactive classrooms. It is the first building in the UK to use the Wellness principles that focuses on creating optimal environmental conditions that enhance well-being.

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The building boasts glulam and CLT structure and uses pre-finished timber to create a tight envelope. Thanks to the use of timber, the building is insulated against and minimizes noise generation, which is proven to be crucial in the daily operation of campuses. The sleek glass envelope reveals its interior dominated by timber, which gives warmth and showcases the innovative construction system deployed throughout the building. The success of the project encouraged Sky to commission the architects to design their new health and fitness center, which will be based on similar construction principles.

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ViaWorld Architecture News

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