The new Passivhaus Learning Centre for Kew Gardens has been approved by Richmond Council dated April 16 2024.

The submission was covered here.

The architects HMY say the following about the scheme;

“The new Learning Centre forms part of a site-wide masterplan providing bespoke teaching spaces for students of all ages, office space for the Kew Learning team and gallery space.

“The Learning Centre will be the first building delivered within the Kew Gardens Strategy for Change, which has recently committed their sites to becoming carbon negative by 2030. As such, the brief for this first building required Passivhaus performance (Design Stage Cert achieved), BREEAM Outstanding and Whole Life Zero Carbon, with the embodied carbon of the building’s materials and construction, as well as carbon in use, being paid back by the energy the building will create in a 70 year service life period.”

The new building is anticipated to be ready by March 2026.

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