It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 22/10/08
He explained that while the building had sustainable aspirations, these had to be tempered by the cost constraints of public funding. Nevertheless he managed to incorporate several innovative approaches, and to achieve a BREEAM (the British measurement of environmental buildings) excellent rating – the highest level.
The long slender plan allowed the building to make maximum use of natural light and natural ventilation – both unusual in traditional court buildings. In addition, the building used groundwater for cooling. The original intention was to draw water from the nearby River Irwell, but then the design team discovered an aquifer beneath the building.
Whereas a refrigeration capacity of 3.2MW would have been needed, this was reduced to 1.2MW. The savings on plant offset the additional cost of the groundwater equipment.
Another saving came from the architect challenging the specification for courtroom lighting of 500 Lux, and demonstrating that 350 Lux would be adequate.
`The biggest problem,´ Denton said, `is teaching people to use the building properly. That takes about two years.´