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

"We found 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 one afternoon around the table we saved £750,000…a good afternoon’s work!"


"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."


"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."


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