Aston University is committed to green buildings. The Estates and Capital Development Department have developed a Sustainable Construction Brief (PDF) for Project Design and Development. This document has informed the design of the new student residences, Phase 2 of which are currently being built on our city centre campus. To help you find out more about sustainability on campus, we have designed a 'Green Campus Walk' which is available to download as a pdf.
The first phase of building our new residences on the south-east side of campus has now been completed and our 2010/11 intake of students have moved in. The second phase of work is now underway. Once the construction work has been completed, we will be landscaping the campus so that there will be more green space on campus than before the project started with the aim of improving the biodiversity on campus. An arboricultural strategy report has been written, covering all phases of this development to ensure that the landscaping work sits in line with our Biodiversity Policy.
The new residences are far more efficient than the old Tower blocks, reducing Aston’s impact on the environment. Phase 1 has included various innovative features such as greywater and wastewater recycling, a green roof and a wind turbine on the roof, along with improved recycling facilities and cycling parks in each building. The residences will be served by our on-site Combined Heat and Power plant.
For more details on the sustainable design of these residences, visit our Campus Redevelopment pages.