Hyperian Global’s UK operations are based within The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Rainham Essex, which was designed to be a dynamic hub of education, enterprise and manufacture. Located in east London on a building area of 18,000m2, the centre opened its doors in 2003 and was the first purpose built campus in the country to offer outstanding architecture linked to a ‘one stop shop’ learning environment.
The brief called for an iconic building which would be an integral component of Europe’s largest regeneration project. As the flagship project for a nationally important regeneration initiative, the building was also required to be an exemplar of sustainable design. As such, Sheppard Robson the architects, demonstrated innovation throughout in terms of the way in which the building interacted with the parameters of the site, the use of materials, technologies and the creation of an internal environment that is both intelligent and inspirational.
The CEME campus is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.
The CEME Environment
Low energy design was incorporated throughout the building. Photovoltaic panels were installed to provide an integrated roof solution. At the time of construction the 115kW output was the largest array of its kind in the UK, and was designed to contribute 15% of the site electricity requirements.
Further energy saving initiatives are:
- Natural ventilation to the street and workshop areas further reduces the energy requirements of the building
- Mechanical ventilation comprises of a low level air displacement system with heat recovery for reduced energy use
- Physical and visual connection between internal spaces and the improved landscape is optimised
- Remediation of a contaminated brownfield site within an Industrial Park with extensive landscaping in order to enhance site biodiversity
- A rainwater recycling strategy reduces the facility’s consumption of potable water
- Largest array of photo-voltaic cells in
the Greater South East. Caters for 15% of CEME’s energy consumption via a feed-in tariff
- 5 Electric Vehicle Charging Points on site.