Bury St. Edmunds
Construction and fit out of an office block meeting very high sustainability standards in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.
- Utilising a concrete pad foundation and steel frame structure with metal deck upper floors and structural concrete topping, the three-storey office building has traditional brick and flint walls, with complete flints stones as is the custom in this part of Suffolk.
- Open plan design with acoustic glass meeting rooms.
- R G Carter worked closely with local conservation and planning officers to ensure the building enhanced the sensitive environment.
- Achieved B-rated Energy Performance Certificate due to super-efficient heating and air conditioning.
- The building is heated and air-conditioned using a VRV system of sealed fan-coil units sited in its ceilings. Warm air is blown through ceiling vents ensuring more even distribution compared to conventional radiators and overcomes the issue of heat naturally rising.
- The Building Management System draws data from around the building to inform the occupier where and when heat is most needed. In effect it learns the habits of the occupants and uses that information to operate the system effectively. It also senses seasonal variations. The air conditioning works similarly as the BMS knows which parts of the building are most in use or affected by the sun.
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