Leicester cathedral to get passive extension
Architecture practice vHH has announce that it is planning to adopt the passive house standard on a three-storey extension to the Grade 11 listed Leicester Cathedral, which is due to start on site in July 2019.
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The project, dubbed Leicester Cathedral Revealed, is currently at the early design process (RIBA stage 2/3) with £3.3m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) secured and vHH putting a consultant’s team together.
Aiming for passive house certification, the design proposes a reinforced concrete frame, generally with lightweight timber roof construction where the new structure abuts the cathedral.
A key challenge of the 450 square metre scheme will be the passive house detailing in the basement, due to the proximity of cathedral walls in conjunction with the requirements of an archeological watching brief.
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