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AUDE Newsletter features one of our projects!

AUDE Newsletter features one of our projects!

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Our energy saving refurbishment of the 15,000sqm Cockcroft Building at the University of Brighton features in the current edition of the Association of University Directors of Estates Newsletter.
Our energy saving refurbishment of the 15,000sqm Cockcroft Building at the University of Brighton features in the current edition of the Association of University Directors of Estates Newsletter.

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AUDE Newsletter
No. 42, Winter 2013
In this issue:
AUDE to publish Estate Management Statistics report
Update on the Efficiency Exchange project by Ian Powling, Universities UK
£89m Technology and Innovation Centre under construction at Strathclyde
1960’s building at Brighton to undergo fundamental refurbishment
£1 billion University development in Cambridge
Restoration of listed Riddel Hall at Queen’s University Belfast
Atrium transformation at Hertfordshire creates informal learning and social space
Palatine Centre at Durham enhances the student experience
UCL unveils transformed galleries
Government funding to support new Imperial West Technology Campus
In Brief - short news items
Web Watch, Events! Events!
Goodbye, hello and on the move
For the first time AUDE has undertaken the publication ofthe Estate Management Statistics (EMS) report, formerlyproduced by the Higher Education Funding Council(HEFCE). The report, which covers the 2009-10 financialyear, incorporates data collated during 2010-11.Statistics from 161 higher education institutions (HEIs) inthe UK have been collected to produce the publication,which continues to deliver a consistent and robust set ofestates data for the vast majority of UK HEIs.The report looks at the main estates trends and challengesin an on-going approach to property performancemeasurement and continues the commentary on sectortrends from previous EMS annual reports. Trends arereported under the broad headings of efficiency,effectiveness and environment. Some of the key findings ofthe report are summarized below.
Efficiency
Occupancy costs are rising faster than inflation.
Both residential and non-residential occupancy costs haverisen much faster than comparable rates of inflationbetween 2005/06 and 2009/10. As a proportion ofincome, non-residential total occupancy costs rose from8.9% to 9.4% of income between 2008/09 and 2009/10.This may relate to increases in usage.
Size of the estate.
Against many key metrics there is asignificant variance between the performance of largerand smaller institutions. Appropriate peer group analysiswill help HEIs to avoid misleading comparisons.
AUDE to publish Estate Management Statistics Report
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For many institutions space efficiency remains thebest opportunity to achieve savings.
There remains highvariability amongst institutions in terms of the amount ofspace that they provide and office space is still out of kilterwith other sectors.
Effectivenessinvestment
The student perception of the HE estate mattersmore than ever
. It is essential that the quality of estatecontinues to improve and the estate is appropriately sizedagainst turnover.
Capital investment is paying dividends.
The quality ofthe UK higher education estate, as measured by itscondition and functional suitability, is higher now than ithas ever been since the inception of EMS. In 2009/10,the proportion of non-residential space in good conditionstood at 75.2% (weighted mean) and the proportion infunctional suitability categories I & II stood at 81.3%.This is excellent news and is largely the result of acontinued commitment on the part of the sector to investin its estate.
Environment
Energy consumption.
Although energy consumption perstudent and staff FTE fell by around 7.8% between2005/06 and 2009/10, energy consumption per m²remained largely static over the same period. There arelikely to be a number of issues which are increasing thisfigure, with improved space use and increases in researchbeing two of the key drivers. The sector is committed toreducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.The EMS report concludes that it is clear the sector isundergoing a period of rapid change due to a combination ofexternal and internal pressures. In particular, significantalterations in how institutions are funded, along with changesin teaching and learning styles are likely to impact heavily onuniversity estates through the evolving requirements ofstakeholders, particularly students. Institutions will need toplan and respond to these changes as a result.The Estate Management Statistics report will be published inFebruary, distributed to all AUDE member institutions anduploaded to the AUDE web site.
By Ian Powling, Project Manager, Universities UK 
The Efficiency Exchange project, to be delivered byUniversities UK and JISC, supported by HEFCE and theLeadership Foundation, will help higher educationprofessionals discover and share innovative ways to delivergreater efficiency and transformation within their institutions.Universities UK (UUK) and JISC will be making the EfficiencyExchange
beta
blog site available in February. Its initialpurpose will be to facilitate the ‘sector-led’ conversation thatwill be a vital part of ensuring that the service evolves inresponse to the needs of higher education professionals, aswell as providing a channel for expert opinion and knowledgeto be shared via guest blogs and partner content.An online survey will also be launched in February to gatheryour views on the opportunities, challenges and themeswithin the efficiency agenda that are most important to you.The findings from the survey will form the basis of aprogramme of engagement which will include workshops withpractitioners and an inter-professional feedback session withkey professional groups. This will give rise to action plans formapping resources, mobilising inter-professional communitiesof practice and commissioning new content.Other efficiency news:
Universities UK host the Efficiency in Higher Education:second annual conference on 26 February, with keynotespeakers including Professor Ian Diamond, SarahGillinson of the Innovation Unit and Professor MartynHarrow of JISC.
A joint UUK/Department for Business, Innovation andSkills (BIS) workshop on efficiency in higher education on23 November 2012 was standing room only and provideda rich exchange of views with senior officials within BIS,including Dr Graeme Reid, Head of Research Funding.BIS has requested a follow-up event in 2013. The keymessage was the importance of robust evidence-basedcommunication about progress to officials in BIS and HMTreasury. Ministers Vince Cable and David Willettsconfirmed their approval of the progress being made in afollow-up meeting with Professor Ian Diamond.The Efficiency Exchange project team looks forward toengaging widely to ensure that the service meets your needs.To learn more or contribute your ideas, please contact: IanPowling, Project Manager, E.Ian.Powling@UniversitiesUK.ac.ukand follow us onTwitter #EfficiencyExchange.
Update on the Efficiency Exchange project
 
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The state-of-the-art £89 millionTechnology and Innovation Centre(TIC) at the University ofStrathclyde, currently underconstruction, represents thesingle biggest investment inresearch capacity in the history ofthe University.Developed with industry, forindustry, the Technology andInnovation Centre has alreadyattracted major partners includingScottish and Southern Energy,the Weir Group, ScottishPowerand other cross-sectoralcompanies, with financial backingfrom Scottish Enterprise and theScottish Funding Council.The Technology and Innovation Centre’s 25,000 metre square landmark building will house specialist shared and flexiblelaboratory facilities, enabling up to 1,200 researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry to work side-by-side in the heart of Glasgow. Planned research areas include: power and energy; renewable technologies;photonics and sensors; advanced engineering; pharmaceutical manufacturing and bio-nano systems.The building has been designed to facilitate a step-change in engagement between university researchers and industry. Thisnew way of thinking is already informing the development of research and education across the University, wheremultidisciplinary teams are being brought together to combine strengths in engineering, science, business, humanities andthe social sciences.The TIC building will include a welcoming and highly transparent base forming a ‘shop window’ for the work taking place,combined with cutting-edge research space, a top-class conferencing and event facility, cafe and exhibition areas. A centralatrium will allow natural light to flood every level of the building.The TIC has been designed with low carbon principles to the fore and project targets include a BREEAM rating ofExcellent; class leading building fabric performance; class leading air leakage rates; high thermal mass; mixed mode passivedisplacement ventilation systems; water recycling to provide adiabatic cooling; potential for culvert ventilation (underinvestigation); low and zero carbon energy supplies.Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Strathclyde said:“Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre will help transform Glasgow and Scotlands' research and industrialinnovation landscape. Based on our reputation for high quality research with industrial impact and relevance, it will attractmulti-millions of pounds of inward investment to the city, drive global business, growth and create jobs.”The Technology and Innovation Centre will officially open in 2014.
£89m Technology and Innovation Centreunder construction at Strathclyde
Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

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