Green Gown Award for ‘Outstanding’ Austin Smith Lord Lanarkshire college building

A teaching facility designed by Austin-Smith:Lord won a Green Gown Award which recognises ‘exceptional sustainability initiatives’ undertaken by UK universities and colleges.

The South Lanarkshire College Low Carbon Teaching Building, which was the first UK facility to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating for design and construction in Education, won in the Built Environment category.

The judges said the project “has inspired students and other users to adopt more sustainable behaviours and approaches” and had reflected the college’s philosophy to “mainstream sustainability”.

Austin-Smith:Lord partner Iain Wylie said:

“With each new project we develop our knowledge and expertise in passive sustainable design, embracing and incorporating the latest technologies where appropriate.”

The low-carbon building features solar panels and solar chimneys, a ground source heat pump, recycled-paper insulation and an energy-efficient external envelope.

There are also reused cycle racks  from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and an integrated bicycle repair station.