Nottingham Trent University - Reception & Environment Centre

Design & Build

Design and construction of new, two-storey reception and environment centre on Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst campus. This award-winning, highly sustainable new facility includes a 200-set retractable theatre, exhibition and information space, offices, as well as state-of the-art teaching and research rooms.


Site Challenges

The new reception and environmental centre was designed and constructed within a live setting on the rural Brackenhurst Campus. This with the additional challenges of working on the project whilst adhering to the university’s strict COVID-19 restrictions – including working spaces, hygiene areas and restricted / amended directions of traffic. Given to the rural location of the site, we had to constantly monitor the site due to a high breed of grey crested newts.  


Constructed on a raft foundation design with a cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam beam timber frame construction, brick outer leaf with zinc roof covering. The lecture theatre had an additional acoustic lining, with underfloor heating.


Services had to be carefully co-ordinated with structures and architectural design in a 3D environment to ensure that openings in CLT were pre-formed in an off-site manufacturing process.

Social Value and Environmental

The project featured an array of Environmental and Social considerations such as straw bale installation in areas, lime trees lining the main drive entrance and a feature mirror pool. We hosted regular viewings for students, including site tours. 

The building achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ due to its highly sustainable, future-proofed design and finish.

Multi-award-winning project

This highly sustainable building has won multiple prestigious awards, including 'Building of the Year' at the 2022 RIBA East Midlands Awards, as well as receiving a Special Award for Sustainability at the 2023 Civic Trust Awards.