The University of Derby announces vision for Net Zero Business School

7 May 2021


The University of Derby has announced its vision to build a new, iconic business school in the centre of the city.

Set to open in September 2024, the building is projected to be the study base for over 6,000 students by 2030, who will benefit from a transformative learning environment delivering teaching, research, innovation and skills aligned to regional, national and global needs.

The landmark building is proposed to be net zero carbon in construction and operation, aligning to the University’s sustainability strategies and its low carbon expertise and research agenda. It will be located at Ford Street in Derby, on a University-owned site opposite One Friar Gate Square – home to the School of Law and Social Sciences.

Working alongside Stride Treglown, we are providing MEP and Environmental Design from the earliest stages, designing to minimise operational carbon, and setting the development in the context of overall net zero.

 To define the University's brief, we're holding sustainability and wellbeing sessions with the team, as well as providing early stage acoustic advice in preparation for a planning application.

"This exciting project with Derby University occupies a highly visible site in the centre of town, representing a fantastic opportunity to send a positive and long-term message on great building design. We're looking forward to working with the team to aim for a zero carbon development which also promotes students' wellbeing." – Innes Johnston, Senior Partner and Bristol Office Leader at Max Fordham

You can find more information on the project here.

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