UEA nominated for AJ Client of the Year

The 2017 AJ100 Client of the Year shortlist has been revealed and we are delighted that our client, the University of East Anglia, has been named on the list.

Partner Trevor Price commented;

“It is fantastic to work with a client who, although they seek to provide buildings cost effectively, refuses to compromise on quality. The University of East Anglia campus and its 1960’s Buildings is one of significant architectural heritage. The range of distinctive and historic, modern buildings on the estate acts as a legacy which the UEA protects and enhances with new development.”

“The UEA also have very high environmental and sustainability aspirations. These two elements, the architectural legacy and the sustainability credentials form a strong basis for a high quality campus environment.”

“The UEA has forged a sterling reputation for its student experience. The University has recently announced it has achieved its highest ever ranking of 12th in the prestigious Complete University Guide and ranked 7th for student satisfaction in the most recent Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.”

“The University understands the important of the built environment in terms of its pivotal contribution to student experience, which forms a key competitive advantage for the UEA, and as a result are issuing briefs for work of an extremely high standard.”

The results will be announced at the AJ100 awards on the 14th June at the Pavilion in London. Below is a selection of the projects the Practice has completed for the university to date.

UEA Crome Court Student Residences

The RICS award-winning and BREEAM Excellent project, delivered in August 2014, came in £800,000 under budget, in a record-breaking timescale and as one of the first projects in the UK to deliver a fully operational Asset Information Model and achieve BIM Level 2. The innovative building is setting a standard for sustainability by acting as a blueprint that will be achievable for ‘mainstream’ developments elsewhere, as these high standards are achieved within a realistic budget and to a very fast programme.



Hickling House and Barton House

Our most recent student residential buildings at the University. Hickling House and Barton House provide 514 new student bedrooms. The project is also shortlisted at the 2017 RICS Awards.  The project, which was constructed in just 62 weeks, achieves a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and further supports the UEA’s environmental policies and carbon reduction plans to promote sustainable design.

The two student residence blocks provide an attractive new residential quarter for the University which follows a pattern of development that relates to the original campus buildings and also to the local environment.



UEA Union House

The second phase of the project to refurbish UEA Union House completed last year. The fast track design and build project involved the full refurbishment of approximately two thirds of the 3 storey UEA Union House building, and was delivered in just 19 weeks. A new entrance sequence, along with the removal of former visual clutter and reintroduction of natural light, has transformed the central social space of this building.  This space is now a buzzing, light filled, multi-use space which is proving very popular with students.



UEA Bus Shelter

Our project to redesign the main bus stop at the University was recently unveiled. The striking design aims to create a more positive and informative experience of public transport and to encourage even more staff and students to consider taking the bus.



Thomas Paine Study Centre

The Thomas Paine Study Centre features a 360-seat lecture theatre, break-out study pods, seminar rooms, and a main entrance exhibition space area.