Ten Steps to a BREEAM-Y New Building.

By northblock|February 20, 2015|Awards, BREEAM, Carbon, Cycle Storage, Environment, Glass Roof, Green Project, North Block, Rainwater Harvester, Senate House, Sustainability, University of London|0 comments

There is a buzzword in building these days – a green, faintly fishy word. BREEAM. It’s an acronym for an international, sustainable standard of construction: the altogether less memorable, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. At SOAS – as anyone who studies or teaches here will know – we care about the environment. And over the last few years the School has set itself the goal of being greener. We’ve

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We couldn’t have done it without: Mace

By northblock|November 10, 2014|Awards, BREEAM, Brunel, Emirates Air Line, Green Project, Kingston, Mace, North Block, Olympics, Senate House, The Shard|0 comments

SOAS was on to a winner when Mace was selected to provide project management and initial design services to the North Block Project back in August 2012. They’re the contracting world’s biggest over-achievers – green and squeaky clean – with a bursting trophy cabinet to prove it. Mace has won Building Magazine’s Major Contractor of the Year seven times straight. And this year they added the Women in Construction Award

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I Would Walk Five Hundred Miles

By northblock|October 3, 2014|Cycle Storage, Glass Roof, Green Project, Informal Learning Space, Meeting Rooms, North Block, Senate House, Social Areas, Student Hub, Teaching Space, Vernon Square|0 comments

The walk from Vernon Square to the SOAS main campus takes just over twenty minutes. The journey, give or take some variation in your route, is a mile long. So, over the course of a year, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you may walk five hundred miles between the two campuses to get to lectures or meetings. The Proclaimers were prepared to travel five hundred miles twice

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