THE OASTLER BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD IS THE LATEST IN A NUMBER OF PROJECTS DESIGNED AND COMPLETED ON THE CAMPUS BY AHR. THE NEW BUILDING WITH ITS PROMINENT TOWN CENTRE SITE IS A BEACON FOR THE UNIVERSITY, POSITIONED AT THE EDGE OF THE CAMPUS AND PROMINENT ON THE ROAD JUNCTION.
The project provides facilities for the University’s Law School and part of the School of Music, Humanities and Media.
Our design approach developed a curved frontage to the building which faces out onto the main ring road with a 3.5m cantilever across six storeys. This dramatic design feature not only provides an innovative and dynamic shape but is a key environmental feature helping to self-shade the buildings glass façade reducing solar gain and therefore energy costs for cooling.
BIM has been used to provide a wealth of information to a common data environment for the project team and client. This greatly enhances the design and construction process and will benefit the University in terms of asset management and future estates development plans.
Environmental Certification has been a key priority in the development of the design with the design achieving BREEAM Excellent and EPC A rating. Overall the design of the building achieves a 28% carbon reduction in comparison to a standard equivalent building.
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