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The Berrill Building


In Brief


Client:
Open University

Location:
Milton Keynes

Construction value:
£8,000,000 

Completion: 
1997

The Berrill Building forms a new entrance to the Open University campus, providing visitor, reception and conference facilities including an exhibition space, café and 250-seat lecture theatre, constructed within an existing BBC television studio. Its main function, however, is to provide office space for 450 people in three departments: academic administration, the Institute of Educational Technology and the Knowledge Media Institute. 

The 7,500sqm building provides low energy accommodation by incorporating simple passive systems including optimising natural daylight, ventilation and shading systems which can be operated by individual users. The building, orientated on a north/south axis, combines different approaches to reducing solar gain on each elevation.


Selected Awards


1999 Civic Trust Award

The Berrill Building

Low energy accommodation incorporating simple passive systems including natural daylight optimisation, ventilation and shading systems which can be operated by individual users.