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Darwin College Gym

Darwin College
140 sq m

Retrofitting enabled the client to repurpose a tired building for modern use whilst preserving the building’s original features within a conservation area. Designed with longevity and sustainability at its core, the building is net-zero carbon using PV panels and a green energy supplier.

With sustainability high on the client’s agenda, we realised the potential of the existing facility at Darwin College through retrofit. The new gym marks the client’s first significant effort into renewables, taking a proactive approach to reducing energy consumption across the college buildings.  

Through a rounded and contextualised view of all the elements of the building, we demonstrated our expansive experience in upgrading buildings as well as knowledge of renewables to ensure that the most appropriate outcome, sensitive to the conservation area, was achieved.  

The retrofitted building provides energy efficiency savings, using photovoltaic panels to become partly self-sufficient in energy usage. 

The project team and client alike demonstrated enthusiasm across all aspects of the project, with a shared willingness to play their part in minimising carbon and boosting energy efficiency for historic colleges.  

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The new gym enhances the college’s on-site facilities for its students, whilst making a significant commitment to reducing its environmental impact and prioritising sustainability through design.  

Key Contacts

Paul Coulson

Paul Coulson

Senior Surveyor, College Building Surveying

A pure passion for preserving historic buildings and eight years project management experience makes Paul really good and driven at his job.

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Perry Capon

Senior Architectural Technician

Perry is an architectural technician within our built environment department.

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Stephen Drury

Head of Historic Building Consultancy

Experienced at handling properties ranging from  historic buildings to new build residential developments, Stephen excels in providing a practical approach to his clients. 

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