The University of Bradford’s Bright Building Achieves top BREEAM Outstanding Rating

The University of Bradford’s Bright Building, home to the Re:Centre, has achieved the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a University.

The Bright Building is the latest building on the City Campus to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, which firmly places it within the top 1% of UK buildings in terms of sustainability and reducing environmental impact. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.

The Bright Building is at the cutting edge of sustainable construction, the vast majority of the building products being either natural or recycled . It is the world’s largest building built of monolithic hempcrete, a mixture of hemp shives and natural lime. Like other plant products, the hemp crop absorbs carbon dioxide gas as it grows, retaining the carbon and releasing the oxygen.11406260_10205770024862763_2168439679331512248_o

The £6.5 million part EU-funded building, designed by Leeds-based architects Farrell and Clark, achieved a Post Construction BREEAM credit score of 95.2% the highest BREEAM score for a University Building in the UK, surpassing the adjacent BREEAM Award-winning ‘The Green’ Student Accommodation, which achieved 94.95% in 2012.

This project has been funded by ERDF, HEFCE and the University. The project has attracted £2.32 million capital grant investment from the European Regional Development Fund,as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

STEM Building: The University of Bradford

STEM at The University of Bradford will provide a creative and unique learning environment. Set within a highly sustainable building designed to meet BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.  A new build multi-use lab space with associated prep rooms. The building’s main aim is to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the University.


The new £1.5million Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Building will provide an inspirational learning space with high quality laboratory facilities creating exciting opportunities for local schools and colleges.

STEM has made the shortlist for the UK Passivhaus Awards for more information visit