We have been appointed as MEP Engineers, Passivhaus Designers and BREEAM Assessors on the Redevelopment of the CAFRE Loughry Agricultural College Campus and Greenmount Agricultural College Campus as part of the Hood McGowan Kirk and Hamilton Architects design teams respectively.
As part of our remit, we will deliver mechanical, electrical and public health design as well as undertaking the Passivhaus Designers role, Commissioning Management and BREEAM Assessors role on these prestigious campus redevelopments.
Loughry, with a specialist focus on the food industry, will be redeveloped and consolidated around a centralised science hub together with integrated learning and social spaces, conference and reception building, student accommodation and staff accommodation. Whilst the redevelopment of Greenmount, specialising in agriculture and horticulture, will provide robust, space efficient, sustainable and flexible buildings including a hub and reception building, student accommodation, teaching facilities, staff accommodation and a conference building.
These projects come on the back of the award-winning South West College Erne Campus, an exemplar in sustainable design, which Bennett Freehill designed. The Erne Campus is the world’s first educational and currently the largest Passivhaus Premium (PHP) rated building and the first UK building to achieve both PHP status and BREEAM Outstanding accreditations. It has been recognised as one of 26 UN Centres of Excellence for High Performance Buildings globally and by the Queen for its pioneering work in environmental sustainability.
Cormac Freehill, Partner said:
“These two significant projects are exceptional wins for our team. We pride ourselves on leading the drive towards Passivhaus and NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) building design within the UK and work in pursuit of client satisfaction and a truly sustainable environment. This perfectly complements CAFRE’s aim to ensure that the buildings and facilities at both campuses are high performing Net Zero Operational Carbon and the most sustainable colleges of their kind in the UK and Ireland with Passivhaus Premium and BREEAM Outstanding accreditations.”