King's wins top Green Award
30 March 2007 PR51/07
The College has won a prestigious Green Gown Award. In the
‘Sustainable Construction' category, King's won for
transforming the Grade 1 Listed Building on the Strand Campus. The
award recognised the ‘reduced energy and carbon emissions
from a sustainable refurbishment of the historic South Range of the
The seven awards of which ‘Sustainable Construction' is
one, are announced in today's edition of The Times Higher (30
March 2007). ‘Given that one of the key issues for
sustainable construction is the upgrade of existing buildings, we
are particularly pleased to receive this award for refurbishment of
the historic founding building of King's College London,'
comments Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates.
The two-year £40 million conservation-led redevelopment of
the South Range was one of the most imaginative and creative
refurbishment of a major university building in Britain: restoring
the elegant features of the 1830s building whilst providing a
first-class environment for the 21st century.
Ian Caldwell, explains: ‘When the refurbishment was
undertaken it was decided to adopt a more sustainable solution
which would restore the original logic of the building –
public spaces at the lower levels and offices above – remove
many later alterations such as mezzanines to restore high volume
rooms, and enhance the use of natural ventilation and daylight
This philosophy has resulted in a building that is now light and
airy. Corridor walls have been opened up and glazed partitions and
new roof lights bring natural light into the heart of the building.
The public spaces have been restored as double height volumes with
purpose-designed internal shutters to control solar gain and also
allow light reduction for audio-visual presentations, with opening
windows and punka-fans to aid air movement. With this approach,
cooling has been restricted to a few specialist areas.
During construction, the original materials were re-used as much
as possible and there has been a reduction in energy costs
The refurbishment of the South Range created a 250-seat lecture
theatre and a suite of five variable-sized teaching spaces; social
and dining space; and on the upper levels of the building, new
academic departmental office space for the staff of the Departments
of Geography and War Studies, together with dedicated space for up
to 85 graduate students.
The awards are sponsored by HEEPI (Higher Education –
Environmental Performance Improvement) a project funded under the
Leadership, Governance and Management initiative of the Higher
Education Funding Council for England. The project is based at, and
led by, the University of Bradford. The Awards, now in their third
year, recognise innovative sustainable actions – both
academic and operational – by universities and colleges
across the UK.
Professor Peter James, Co-Director, said: ‘The Green
Gown Awards show how commitment, energy and innovation enable
universities and colleges to respond positively to environmental
and social challenges.'
Notes to editors
King's College London
King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England
with more than 13,700 undergraduates and nearly 5,600 graduate
students in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It
is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major
research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its
subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research
quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it
has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the
Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the
humanities, law, social sciences, natural sciences and biomedicine,
and has played a major role in many of the advances that have
shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA.
It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare
professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research
Council Centres, more than any other university.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research
earnings, with income from grants and contracts of more than
£110 million, and has an annual income of more than
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