University of Reading - Listed buildings sustainability upgrade

Our Heritage specialists recently assisted the University of Reading (UoR) on a sustainability project within some of their listed buildings, helping to shape the proposals at the Grade II* listed Greenlands, the Henley Business School, and the Grade II listed URS Building at the Whiteknights Campus.

The applications sought to gain Listed Building Consent and a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building to upgrade the heating system within the buildings to increase their sustainability performance.

Project Details

  • Detailed listed building consent application
  • Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building
  • Heating system upgrades to Grade II* listed building
  • Retrofit of a heating system to improve energy efficiency of listed buildings

The team worked alongside the UoR and engineer team to develop a system that could be sympathetically installed within the listed buildings which would be more sustainable and financially viable. At present, the outdated system uses two control centres leading the over and under heating of both buildings, resulting in the entire buliding being heated, rather than isolating the room in use. Financially this was not cost efficient, so the system developed allowed each room to be heated individually, minimising the financial implications and reducing the harmful environmental impact. 

After negotiations with the council, the team successfully demonstrated that the proposed scheme minimised the impact to the building fabric and would not affect the character of the listed building as a building of special architectural or historic interest. Funding from Salix Finance Ltd was secured to carry out the projects, who deliver government funding to the public sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills.

Both projects were granted consent in 2021 with upgrades due to take place in 2022.