It’s time for our Cardiff office to get their dinner jackets ready, with three projects, including ESRI, being shortlisted for six awards in the past two weeks, four of which are for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI)
The Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) for Swansea University has been shortlisted for the RICS Wales ‘Design through Innovation’ award, the BREEAM 2016 Awards and the national LABC awards, having won the at the LABC Port Talbot regionals.
ESRI is a unique centre of research innovation, facilitating groundbreaking work into the safe deployment of new renewable energy solutions, placing Swansea at the heart of an international research network focused on marine technology, advanced water treatment and nanotechnology.
The building is an exemplar in sustainable, low energy design, and is the first Education project to achieve BREEAM Outstanding. It is a showcase for adaptable laboratory design and spaces for research collaboration.
Morriston Comprehensive School
Morriston Comprehensive School is shortlisted for two RICS awards, one competing with ESRI in the ‘Design through Innovation’ category and the other for ‘Community Benefit’. The school focuses on the value of collaboration, not just in the teaching spaces created, but also by engaging the pupils and local community during the design and delivery process.
The building provides over 10,500 sq m of teaching accommodation, including a brand new auditorium for school productions and local theatre groups, providing a hugely positive experience for pupils, staff, parents and the wider community
Swansea Bay Campus
Swansea Bay Campus is the third project to be shortlisted for the RICS Wales Awards, this one in the ‘Regeneration’ category. The campus includes the Stride Treglown designed Innovation Hub, Manufacturing Facility, ESRI and the SMaRT Building, which house advanced research facilities and leading teaching and collaboration spaces.