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AIR Opens in Falmouth

BDP’s design for the £2.4m Academy for Innovation and Research (AIR) for University College Falmouth on the campus of the Combined Universities in Cornwall in Tremough has recently completed.

AIR is a major new initiative aimed at increasing the impact of the university’s research and enterprise upon the creative industries and supporting the growth of the wider economy in Cornwall. BDP’s solution provides a large, flexible, two level space under a gently curved green roof which springs from the sloping site with the section providing spectacular views across the Cornish countryside.

The BREEAM Excellent building is sited in a very prominent position above the approach road to the campus and is set to become a beacon for the new campus.

The ESI (Environment and Sustainability Institute) on the same campus, also designed by BDP, is currently approaching completion. The building will provide the university with a hub for environmental knowledge and world-leading research into climate change, and will be a living laboratory for the testing of environmental equipment and sustainable solutions. The ESI will achieve BREEAM Outstanding and it is envisaged that it will receive one of the highest BREEAM scores ever recorded.

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