Aberystwyth University, Penglais IBERS Teaching + Research FacilityAberystwyth University

Following a design competition Pascall+Watson architects were appointed to design the new Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) Teaching and Research Facilities, which explores the impact of global warming on our food supply. To undertake such diverse and broad exploration the Institute is located in two areas; one at the main teaching Penglais campus and another rural research hub at the Gogerddan campus. In order to designate the research allocation a masterplan study was prepared and anticipated the future development of the two campuses, identifying the IBERS buildings in their most appropriate setting. It was the aspiration of the university to globally lead in this field of research and as a result it was a requirement that the design acts as a beacon to attract both commercial and government funding streams, accommodates the best scholars, students and researchers. The Penglais Teaching and Research building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, has won two Sustainability Awards from the BRE for being the Best Building in the Education Sector 2011, has been shortlisted for the BD Architect of the Year Environmental Excellence Award 2012, and has been shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Low/Zero Carbon Project 2012 Award. The project was also presented at a Passive and Low Energy Conference at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.

Value: £6m