The three-storey development on the Heslington campus, will include almost 4,000m2 of office, laboratory and teaching space along with an oval auditorium.
It has been designed to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating of excellent. Design features include a green wall on the south elevation, solar photovoltaic panels on part of the roof and connection to the university’s existing district heating system.
Engineers are also investigating the possibility of using the nearby Scullions Lake to install a lake-source heat pump to further assist with heating the building.
Morgan Sindall area director Kevin Donegan, said: “As with all our educational projects, we aim to create spaces which help people achieve their very best. This building will be one which will proudly boast its environmental credentials to all who will see and use it. It will become a key building in our higher education portfolio.”
Work on the development started in August 2014 and is expected be completed in the late summer of 2015.