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CREWW building

We are proposing to locate a new, purpose-built facility for the Centre for Resilience Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) on our Streatham Campus.

CREWW is being established through a partnership with South West Water (SWW) and is funded by a grant from Research England and investment from SWW.

The new building will be the first purpose-built, transdisciplinary research centre in the water sector, focussed on the most pressing challenges that impact upon the provision of safe and resilient water and waste services in the UK and overseas.

The building will include laboratory facilities and collaborative space, where researchers from multiple disciplines can work with water industry colleagues to co-create engineering, nature, economic and behaviour-based solutions which deliver multiple benefits to the environment, society and the economy. This includes looking at how to manage natural resources to ensure there is sufficient water to cope with population growth, the pressures of climate change, and improving resilience to the potentially devastating effects of flood, drought and emerging pollutants.

The research is undertaken by academics from disciplines including: Geography, Biosciences, Engineering, Economics and Psychology, who work with partners in industry, government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to develop a shared understanding of the issues and solutions.

The proposed location of the building is on Streatham Campus on North Park Road, opposite Laver and Harrison building and adjacent to the Amory building, in the heart of one of the most densely developed areas of the campus.

The building is designed to be stepped in the slope to create a compact three storey structure, with a basement, plus two upper floors and a rooftop plant deck. It has been designed to take advantage of the views to the west and south of campus and beyond towards Exeter City.

The design concept for the building of a downhill ‘cascade’ of lightweight cladding from the upper to lower level, as the building steps down the sloping site, is intended to conceptualise the importance of water flowing over earth empathising with the central mission of CREWW. The strategically positioned circular windows reflect rising air bubbles emanating from cascading water traversing a parkland setting. 

The proposed landscaping around the new building is sympathetic to the existing informal parkland setting. Existing trees and hedges will be retained where possible and new shrubs will be planted.

The project supports the university’s ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions and sustainability is one of the guiding principles that is seen as fundamental to the design of the building. We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality in terms of regulated carbon emissions within challenging financial constraints. We will achieve this by incorporating an intelligent Building Management System (BMS) that will optimise the heating and lighting of the building. We will install air source heat pumps to warm the building efficiently, natural ventilation to cool the building, solar panels to generate electricity, make best use of natural light and include energy efficient lighting to reduce energy use in the building. Plus the fabric of the building will have high thermal efficiency to reduce energy loss that will exceed current Building Regulation requirements. We also will support members of staff who chose to travel by sustainable transport. The building will have external bike racks and shower facilities for those who wish to cycle or run into work.

Plans for CREWW

A public consultation on the proposed plans for the CREWW building was held in March 2021. You can view the consultation details, which includes detailed design concepts.

Planning Approval was granted by Exeter City Council on Thursday 1 July and we plan to start work on construction of the building in autumn 2021. We will share more information on the timescales of the construction soon, including the potential impact on vehicle parking and cycle and pedestrian routes in the area.

Over the summer we plan to conduct essential work to support the project, which includes the relocation of underground utilities on North Park Road on Streatham Campus. Please see the upcoming work section for more details.

Upcoming works

Over the summer we plan to conduct essential work to support the project, which includes the relocation of underground utilities on North Park Road on Streatham Campus.

A section of North Park Road (in front of Laver and Harrison) will be closed to vehicles from Monday 2 to Friday 20 August to allow the work to take place.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and a diversion will be in place to allow vehicles to travel down Stocker Road (past The Forum and INTO building).

The two bus stops on North Park Road (opposite Car Park C and in front of the Innovation Centre) and the bus stop on Rennes Drive (near Streatham Court) will be closed during the works. Two temporary bus stops will be located at the top and bottom of Stocker Road.

Image of North Park Road closure, plus bus stops

We apologise for any inconvenience the road closure may cause. We have planned the work to take place in August to minimise disruption to colleagues and students whilst campus remains quiet.

Whilst North Park road is closed we will take the opportunity to complete essential drain clearance and tree felling that is required in the next 12 months to avoid a further potential road closures in the area.

Additional information about the closure:

  • Throughout the road closure access to Car Park C (visitor car park) will remain open.
  • Two way traffic will be permitted on North Park Road either side of the closure to allow access for deliveries and essential vehicles.
  • All on street car parking on North Park Road will be closed. The accessible car parking space outside Laver will be relocated to the Laver service car park.
  • Additionally, access to the Amory service road from North Park Road will be closed. Deliveries will be diverted to the delivery access road on Rennes Drive. Some prearranged deliveries will be permitted on North Park Road where a diversion is not possible.

If you have any queries or questions about the closure of North Park Road please email and we will get back to you.

Contact us

John Vickery is the Project Director for the CREWW building.

If you have any queries or questions about the CREWW building project please email and we will get back to you.