The Sustainability Hub

Introducing the Sustainability Hub – opening in Spring 2019

We are a sustainable university, and we continue to be recognised as leaders in higher education for our approach, across teaching and learning, research, and operations.

To support this work, we’re transforming Kirkby Lodge into the Sustainability Hub – a collaborative space for sustainability research, education and partnership working.

The Sustainability Hub will be home to the Sustainable Earth Institute and Centre for Sustainable Futures, and will be a space for students, staff, and partners to host group work, meetings, workshops and events.

Refurbished to the highest environmental standards

  • @ Going for gold! Aiming for a gold SKA rating, an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-out
  • @ 80 square meters of green wall with over 90 plants per square meter
  • @ 4 kilowatt photovoltaics
  • @ Reception digital energy display
  • @ Naturally ventilated and passive design
  • @ FSC certified sustainable timber cladding
  • @ Energy efficient LED lighting
  • @ Responsible sourcing for materials with a focus primarily on reuse
  • @ Maximising natural light
  • @ Low flush WCs

Collaboration is the heart of the building

The building will have three bookable spaces:

  • Forum: located on the ground floor, the forum is designed to encourage participation and engagement through conversation and collaboration, rather than traditional lecture theatre layouts. It is an open plan, flexible space ideal for larger group work, informal meetings, staff training, community workshops or smaller events. Natural light floods this space through bi-folding doors, which can be opened for extra ventilation during warmer months. The forum features 86 and 55 inch TV screens, a lectern and integrated speakers. A kitchen and an internal green wall is also situated in this area.

  • Communications Room: a specially designed boardroom style meeting room equipped with a range of video and web conferencing facilities that will allow our researchers to collaborate more effectively, locally, nationally and internationally, with external partners. Its uses include teleconferencing, media interviews, webinar filming and broadcasting.
  • Collaboration Corner: a small friendly space for small group work and discussions, which features a floor to ceiling whiteboard, allowing you to be creative in mapping ideas and tracking conversations. This area benefits from natural light with south facing widows and is located next to an open plan kitchen on the first floor.

*subject to refurbishment changes

<p>Kirkby Lodge before the refurbishment</p>
Kirkby Lodge before the refurbishment

During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge

<p>During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge</p>

During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge


During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge<br></p>
<p>Kirkby Lodge during refurbishment</p>
Kirkby Lodge during the refurbishement

Kirkby Lodge during refurbishment

<p>During refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge</p>
<p>Kirkby Lodge refurbishment images</p>

Kirkby Lodge during refurbishment


Furniture procurement opportunity

The University of Plymouth wish to procure some furniture for the Sustainability Hub (Kirkby Lodge). 

It is anticipated that this furniture will be part funded by the 2014-2020 European Structural Investment Funds, specifically the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon project. 

More details can be found on In-Tend.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. 

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.