C4D Building, Cranfield University

The Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) is a new addition to the Cranfield University campus near Milton Keynes, that originates from a former RAF airbase.  C4D is a new and unique collaboration between Cranfield University and the University of the Arts London. It brings together two specialist educational institutions to explore creative design and engineering in close relationship with the industry.

Following a competitive interview process Niall McLaughlin Architects were appointed to design the new building for C4D. The building contains a large studio space for students and a number of smaller office and meeting rooms. The main space enjoys a unique view towards the airfield, is naturally lit through a north-light roof, flexible to use and protected from outside noise.

C4D Building, Cranfield University

Carbon Calculation

  • KLH cross-laminated timber volume for the C4D building is 82m3
  • KLH panels removed approximately 65.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 3.5 tonnes of emitted CO2 from transporting the KLH panels from Austria to Milton Keynes
  • Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the transport therefore shows a 'nett gain' of 62.1 tonnes (CO2 removed from the atmosphere)

 

Ultimately, the timber superstructure for the C4D building contains approximately 19.7 tonnes of sequestered/stored carbon.

C4D Building, Cranfield University

Project Details

Project Value:  Confidential

Project Dates:  2009 - 2010

Service:  Supply and Erect

Timber Volume:  82m3

Build Period:  4 weeks

C4D Building, Cranfield University

Design Team

Architect:  Niall McLaughlin Architects

Engineer:  Price & Myers

Contractor:  Kier Marriott

C4D Building, Cranfield University

Awards

2011

RIBA Regional Award - East

RIAI Award for Best Over Seas Project

C4D Building, Cranfield University

C4D Building, Cranfield University

C4D Building, Cranfield University

C4D Building, Cranfield University