BDP creates winter garden for zero-carbon campus

Landscape architects at BDP are to design a winter garden and plants under glass as part of £14m zero-carbon college campus.

Winter garden - image: BDP
Winter garden - image: BDP

The multidisciplinary practice was chosen recently to design Essex Business School at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus.

The design aims to reflect the school’s ethos, which is to lead in the development of sustainable business strategies, said the firm.

BDP said: "The school has been designed to be visibly sustainable at every level, from its orientation on site, choice of structure and materials, landscaping and passive engineering strategies.

"A winter garden acts as a buffer zone, supporting the passive ventilation and heating strategy of the three-storey building, whilst also being the arrival and meeting space showcasing the green and social character of the new Business School."

Andrew Nightingale, director of estate management at the university, said BDP was chosen from of a shortlist of six teams because of its experience and good-quality design in the higher-education sector.

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