Award-winning project with NorDan

Published:  24 June, 2009

NOTTINGHAM: An award-winning, environmentally sustainable development has incorporated NorDan windows on account of the company’s use of sustainable materials, flexibility in design and high standards of thermal insulation.

No.1 Nottingham Science Park, the focal point of a £50m, 12-acre extension to Nottingham’s existing science park from specialist regeneration developers Blueprint, was built to drive forward design and sustainability standards on UK business parks in a commercial context and to demonstrate that sustainable buildings can also be outstanding architecturally. 

John Long, Blueprint development director, says: “Innovative design and sustainable development is fundamental to what Blueprint is all about and No.1 Nottingham Science Park shows how Blueprint will help to set the standard for change in regeneration and property development. From the concept stage it was imperative for us to work hard to reduce the need for energy usage and to ensure that recycled and sustainable building materials were used throughout. It was reassuring to know that all NorDan timber products are sourced from well-managed forests that ensure that more trees are planted than are cut down for processing.

“In addition, we needed windows with thermal insulation that could contribute towards low running costs for our tenants, a flexible window solution that met the stunning design requirements of No.1 Nottingham Science Park and featured optimisation of natural light. These were key elements in both the design and environmental features of the building and NorDan windows helped us to achieve these goals.”

The development uses around half the energy of conventional offices, reduces carbon emissions by 60% against agreed Energy Consumption Benchmarks and has a range of sustainable features including a self-seeding brown roof for insulation and biodiversity, a biomass heating system and a natural ventilation system. 

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