The University of East Anglia is planning a £12m eco-building to ease the squeeze on student accommodation and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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A new, environmentally-friendly student halls could spring up in 2014 at its campus.

The state-of-the-art building will be part of a £58 million investment by the university as it celebrates 50 years in 2013.

Planners have designed a 231-bed building at the eastern edge of the site, close to other student halls.

An increase in demand for campus accommodation from first-year undergraduates and new postgraduates means that the project will be completed as quickly as possible – with work scheduled to begin in June 2013 and the project completed by September 2014.

UEA vice-chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: “We pride ourselves on our attractive campus and have led the way in commissioning buildings that are both architecturally significant and environmentally sustainable.

“This new building will be extremely energy efficient – an increasingly important factor for our socially responsible students.”

During the one-year construction, the university said it would work hard to keep disruption to staff, students and the public to a minimum, by creating a new route onto campus for works traffic – but only if permission is given by the highways authority and planning department.

Architects are designing the building to be highly insulated and will monitor its energy consumption.

No planning application has yet been submitted, but a public exhibition on the project will be held from 2pm to 8pm on Tuesday November 27 in the Town Close Room at the UEA Sportspark.

The public consultation runs until 5pm on December 14.

Views on the proposals can be sent to Bidwells (UEA Residences Consultation), 16 Upper King Street, Norwich, NR3 1HA, or email uearesconsultation@bidwells.co.uk

Other projects in the building programme include the renovation of Earlham Hall and refurbishment work on the iconic Ziggurats.

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  • "During the one-year construction, the university said it would work hard to keep disruption to staff, students and the public to a minimum, by creating a new route onto campus for works traffic – but only if permission is given by the highways authority and planning department" What if permission is not given then ??.

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    "V"

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • If they aimed to house most of their students in the way that the majority of Cambridge University undergraduates are housed by their colleges it would free up a large number of family sized homes in Norwich currently let to second and third year UEA students.As in many university cities not a few of these houses are former council houses sold under the right to buy and making their current owners a killing in rent a year. It is also a consideration that when university students are paying £9,000 a year in tuition fees the last thing they want to be doing is paying £3,000 a year for some tatty student house where it is uncomfortable to live and hard to work properly and their time is spent in battles with letting agencies to get essential maintenance carried out.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • It will be build from best Norfolk straw bales, with a multi-storey concrete car park underneath. Already UEA takes no notice of its traffic impact, its surrounded by three large schools and is increasing its footprint all the time. Prof. Acton remarked of the decreasing student numbers from abroad and we know that British students are reluctant to get into debt with an uncertain future painted by our minority party coalition. so what is this Eco wing for? publicity for a false sense of ecological prowess not due to UEA?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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