WINNER: Willmott Dixon Construction
PROJECT: University of Leicester Centre of Medicine
The £42 million Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester is the UK’s largest non-residential project built and certified to the ultra low energy consumption Passivhaus standard. The building is a new home for the College of Medicine and the Biological Sciences and Psychology departments, and provides 12,836m2 of teaching facilities, offices, laboratories, lecture theatres and support spaces for over 2350 staff and students. Comprising a podium base and five-storey and six-storey tower blocks, Passivhaus standards of air-tightness, thermal performance, high thermal mass, low energy use ventilation and maximised natural daylight ensure exceptional energy efficiency and a very comfortable environment for users.