Aberystwyth University – Research and Teaching Laboratories and Phenomics Glasshouse

Austin are proud to provide Architectural and Building service solutions for 2 projects for the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.

In general the IBERS research establishment is aimed at improving agricultural productivity and food security, improving human health and providing environmental benefits.

IBERS is one of Europe’s largest centres for research and teaching in land and is set to become an International Centre to tackle three of the major issues facing world farming – food, energy and water security.

The Phenomics building, at the Gogerddan campus, consists of a 390m2 climate controlled glasshouse with associated laboratories for conducting molecular biology research.  BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status will be achieved by various strategies including natural ventilation and a biomass boiler installation.  The University eventually plans to produce their own wood pellets to sustain their heating requirements.

Click here for a guided tour of this facility.

The flagship building on the Penglais site extends with various strategies including total natural ventilation of the building and a ground source heat pump installation.

At Austin we can achieve continuity in design with external BREEAM consultants by completing all building simulation modelling in house.  This allows us to provide the best solutions by means of iteration during design development.

Austin are currently mid way through the design process for this two projects at Aberystwyth University and the BREEAM targeted scores for both buildings is ‘Excellent’.

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