- University of Cambridge
- Completion Date
- February 2022
CISL’s new HQ will be in The Entopia Building, a retrofitted 1930s Telephone Exchange at 1 Regent Street, Cambridge. The building will be transformed into an ultra-low carbon sustainability hub, and home for CISL, fostering academic, government and industry leadership, collaboration and innovation to accelerate the global sustainability transition.
The project is the vision of outgoing CISL Founder Director Dame Polly Courtice who has led an Institute for more than 30 years; inspiring many companies, policymakers and civil society leaders to take leadership for sustainability.
Making a sustainable difference
The standard-raising project aims to be a world first for a retrofitted sustainable office building with energy use, carbon emissions, impact on natural resources and user experience and wellbeing measured against multiple benchmarks.The building will accommodate the Institute’s CISL’s Cambridge-based staff, currently spread across five buildings, as well as a providing a virtual hub for its staff in Brussels and Cape Town offices, its 16,000 international network, of alumni, fellows, associates, researchers, visiting academics and corporate partners.
The Entopia Building aims to achieve multiple sustainable building certifications, including BREEAM (Outstanding), the Passivhaus ‘Enerphit’ standard, Well (Gold) certification, alongside the application of ‘circular economy’ principles to minimise the volume and impact of natural and made-made resources used in the building.
In terms of construction, the team is working with number existing construction methods (concrete, steel etc) to meet Passivhaus standards, reducing thermal bridging and heat loss, while using sustainable materials where possible. RIBA Stage 4 presentation.