University of Leicester Centre for Medicine. Image courtesy of: Builtvision
The £42m centre brings together academics, researchers, clinicians and students who were once spread across multiple university sites across Leicester and is part of the University of Leicester’s strategy to improve and upgrade the facilities used by the School of Medicine. The new Centre for Medicine is an exemplar project in terms of low energy design, and it is expected that the new teaching and research facility will reduce its energy bill by up to six times.
“Ramboll is committed to furthering sustainable construction, so we are incredibly proud to play our part in realising the ambitions of the University of Leicester” Tim Stidwill, Project Director for Ramboll, who provided structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, below ground drainage design, and fire engineering services on this landmark project.
The Passivhaus philosophy aims to achieve extremely low energy buildings through the implementation of passive design measures, focussing on outstanding levels of thermal insulation and air-tightness. The Passivhaus (fabric first) design approach allowed the project team to deliver an exceptionally energy efficient building, primarily by minimising energy losses through the building fabric.
In addition to the fabric first approach, the ventilation system incorporates a large Ground air heat exchanger (GAHE), comprising a 1.6km network of pipes buried beneath the building, through which fresh air is drawn. The GAHE provides free summertime cooling and wintertime heating to the incoming air, further reducing the building’s energy demand.
The University of Leicester’s new George Davies Centre (formerly the Centre for Medicine) is the UK’s largest Passivhaus building and brings together academics, researchers, clinicians and students who were once spread across multiple university sites.
Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital is the UK’s first dedicated specialist emergency hospital with senior consultants on duty 24 hours a day, delivering a new model of emergency care for the people of North Teesside and Northumbria.
Ramboll is part of the winning consortium to design and lead the construction of the largest hospital project in Northern Europe, The New University hospital in Aarhus. The project will stretch over the next 10-15 years, with the hospital site ending up the size of a provincial town - about 500,000 m2.
In March 2014, and following a 12 month intensive international design competition, the Architectural consortium of Herzog & de Meuron/Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter was awarded the contract to design the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark, with Ramboll named as the engineering services consultant for the project.