Queen’s award for Erne Campus recognises sustainability work

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Hamilton Architects are delighted that South West College has been recognised for its pioneering work in environmental sustainability and low carbon training by the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

SWC recently opened the £34m Erne Campus, which was designed by Hamilton Architects and is the first education building – and the largest building in the world – to earn Passive House Premium accreditation.

Hamilton Architects’ Partner Mark Haslett said: “Erne Campus is an exceptional Public Sector project and an inspirational building of regional, national and international significance in terms of sustainability, renewables and low carbon emissions.

“Apart from reducing its energy bills by an estimated 86% per annum, it delivers a state-of-the-art educational resource as well as an exemplar for its construction students and the entire construction industry.

“As Government prepares to institute an nZEB policy for all public sector buildings, Erne Campus will play a significant role, nationally and internationally, in breaking down barriers to success.”

The UK-wide Queen’s Anniversary Prizes have been running for over 25 years and recognise excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by colleges and universities.

SWC chief executive Colin Lewis said that renewable energy and sustainability had been at the forefront of College delivery for several years, both in terms of the curriculum offered and their own construction and fit out practices.

“This award is a wonderful tribute to our staff and the exceptional and tireless work taking place to establish South West College as a leader in the delivery of renewable energy and sustainable education, training and employment,” he said.