UEA Crome Court

This 232-bedroom student residences building forms a south-facing U-shape. Constructed in CLT to an exacting programme (brief to opening in 24 months), the project achieved BREEAM Excellent, by incorporating many carbon-reducing measures, and a vertical greenwall, to offset loss of landscape.

UEA required new accommodation to support the growth in student numbers at the university, maintaining its identity as a campus university and its place in the world’s top 1% of Universities.  As well as providing new residential capacity the building also accommodates accessible bedroom and kitchen-diner facilities for students, studio flats for senior residents and a flexible social space.

Situated adjacent to the recent residence buildings, Crome Court creates a focal point at the end of the campus. The building varies between 5 and 7 storeys in height, and is laid out in a U-shaped configuration which opens towards the south. The orientation of the building makes best use of the limited space available.

The £10.1million project was the first on the UEA’s estate to implement BIM Level 2 with a specific focus on delivering a complete 6D Asset Information Model (AIM) and comprehensive COBie Data Drop 4 for use by the estates management team.

The building is highly efficient, and calculated at a ‘grossed up’ room cost of £25k per room providing exceptional value. The UEA has also had the building valued at £17.5m and so the project is a very sound investment.

Client Testimonial

"At the beginning of the project, we sat down with LSI and spent an afternoon around the table to ask lots of very quick what if questions, to see what the implications were for the life cycle costing. What we actually found was a sweet spot where the life cycle costing and the capital cost of those materials were in line with each other. Our U value targets became secondary to finding what actually the best value for the building was. We estimated that in that afternoon around the table we saved £750,000…a good afternoon’s work!"

MARTIN LOVATT ESTATES PROJECT MANAGER, UEA

"We were very happy to be able to work on this exciting project and be a part of the first BIM Level 2 project in the East of England."

ANDY BOUTLE BIM MANAGER, KIER

"There is no doubt that the innovation and design of Crome Court has made a significant contribution to the character and appearance of this section of the campus and the surrounding area."

MARTIN LOVATT ESTATES PROJECT MANAGER, UEA