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Created for Leicester City Council, DOCK contains workspaces for science and technology start ups.
DOCK was designed by Maber Architects with low carbon in mind, with the goals of reducing demand and the use of energy supplied from low and zero carbon sources. A high percentage of recycled content was used during the construction by Willmott Dixon.
Air source heat pumps warm a highly airtight building with minimal heat losses. Glazing on all façades ensures DOCK benefits from increased solar gain during winter.
DOCK’s natural ventilation strategy sees manually opened windows draw in fresh air which is then vented into the atrium via acoustically attenuated grilles.
At the summit of the atrium the building management system controls louvres to exhaust stale air. During warmer weather the levels of heat and carbon dioxide control fan units in each space to boost the ventilation.
Bringing a brownfield site back into use is a sustainability plus. The ecology of the site was promoted. Areas of native wildflowers have been sown to promote biodiversity, with new trees planted and bat boxes installed.
A Sustainable Urban Drainage strategy was carefully combined with the landscaping scheme to take run-off from hard surfaces and allows water to infiltrate naturally into the ground.
Willmott Dixon Construction
Leicester City Council
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47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643