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Annual Review 2016

The Fusion Building

Did you know?

The Fusion Building is our most environmentally sustainable building to date. It has achieved an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A and an ‘excellent’ rating through the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

World-leading efficiency photovoltaic solar panels and micro-combined heat and power systems generate both electricity and heat from the same energy source, allowing the building to run on very low energy inputs.

The lecture theatres – called Create, Share and Inspire – have been designed to encourage interaction and collaborative working.

The building houses 27 seminar rooms, three lecture theatres, research space and a 24-station PC laboratory – a total of nearly 6,000m2 of academic space.

There's outdoor terrace space for students, staff and visitors to enjoy on the second and third floors.

£22 million was invested in this building – partially funded through a £5 million Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) STEM Award.

Ground source heat pumps cool the building in the summer and heat it during the winter, lowering our carbon emissions.

A rainwater harvesting tank is used to flush the toilets, and a green roof offers increased biodiversity.

As part of a £2 million investment across the university, the building is home to cutting-edge audio-visual equipment.

Catering facilities are available throughout the building including the 250-seat contemporary Fusion Restaurant on the ground floor, the Terrace Café on the second floor and the Fusion Café on the third floor.