UEA Crome Court
Crome Court was a turn-key delivered project comprising of 232 en-suite student residential accommodation with kitchen and dining rooms and a communal facility, arranged in five to seven storeys in a south facing U-shaped configuration, set within a context of three to five storey buildings.
LSI challenged the brief to maximise development on the site through the use of 3-D modelling and create greater value for the Client. The project has raised the quality of design for student residences at the UEA through innovative design, the application of technology, and construction methods that have enhanced the project and made a positive contribution to the project objectives: to achieve very high standards of sustainability within a challenging construction budget and to a very fast programme of 22 months from concept to completion.
The building is formed in CLT to reduce the embodied carbon and to enable a rapid form of construction to deliver the project within the programme. The building’s CLT superstructure is faced in a low maintenance mix of low maintenance materials. A striking green wall is formed on the south corner of the building that is irrigated by rainwater stored below ground and was incorporated in the scheme to improve bio-diversity.
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 represents a very sound investment. The 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 BIM strategy enabled the team to meet the demanding programme and greatly reduced material waste.
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.
When asked to describe their life in Crome Court, students responded with the following: comfortable, Eco-friendly, Sustainable, Impactful, Clean, Safe, Elegant, and Relaxed. Student awareness on the sustainable character of the building had not been confirmed in interviews from fifteen non-UEA, BREEAM Excellent accommodations.