UAL Investing in our environment

Wimbledon Studios – the most sustainable building at UAL

UAL is planning to invest more than £1.9 million on electrical and mechanical maintenance in 2017/18 to ensure non-residential university buildings support our outstanding learning, teaching and research. The university plans to embed sustainability within the institution by investing in efficient equipment, negating the need for additional resources to be spent on retrofitting energy conservation measures to reduce our carbon footprint.

To maximise this opportunity, the Estates Department has introduced key design concepts to ensure, when mechanical and electrical assets are repaired or replaced, best practice is followed and minimum standards of performance are delivered.

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Wimbledon College of Art wins RIBA Awards

BA Print & Time Based Media Studios, Merton Hall Road

The award winning studio in use.

The New Studios at Wimbledon were awarded both a Regional (London) and Sustainability award at the RIBA Awards ceremony in London last month, almost a year after winning the Ashden Award for energy efficiency.

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Bouygues awarded new UAL facilities management contract

Bouygues Energies & Services (Bouygues) will continue providing facilities management services to UAL after a decision by the university to award a brand new three-year contract. This is the first time the contract has been awarded to an incumbent service provider. Bouygues has been in charge of UAL’s electrical, mechanical and fabric maintenance, cleaning, security and project management, including significant energy-saving projects for the last four years. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Week at UAL


Green Week will be a celebration and exploration of sustainability at UAL and beyond, with a range of activities and events – please scroll down to find out what’s going on!

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UAL recognised at Green Gown Awards


UAL’s Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability, has been recognised in this years Green Gown Awards.

Ian has developed the Sustainability Team that forms part of the Estates Department; together they have seen UAL progress from an institution with increasing emissions to one with a decreasing footprint despite increased opening hours and student numbers.  He has been recognised for his efforts at UAL with a highly commended in the Sustainability Professional Category at the 2016 Green Gown Awards.

The judges commended his work and recognised the impact sustainability has had on the university.  To find out more visit the website and see the short film.




Tell us how you travel

 Image of bike stand designed by CSM’s Design Against Crime Research Hub

Student and staff travel to UAL is a significant component of our indirect emissions. Last year, we estimated emissions from student and staff travel to be slightly under half the emissions directly released by our use of electricity and gas.

Clearly, there’s a big opportunity for carbon reduction through students and staff choosing more sustainable travel options. Now, you can tell us how you currently travel and what would make it easier for you to travel sustainably by completing this survey.

Find out more at Meet the Tide

University of the Arts London delivers 20,000 items without loss


Earlier this month The University of the Arts London was awarded a Tracking Excellence award by Channel and Mobile Solutions. The award was presented to Emlyn Foody (Facilities Manager) who headed up the mailroom team who managed to deliver over 20,000 parcels to staff and students in its flagship site Granary Building without a single item being unaccounted for.

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Wimbledon Studio wins Sustainability Prize

The award-winning studio seen from surrounding parkland

The award-winning studio seen from surrounding parkland

UAL has won a prestigious Ashden Award at the New London Architecture Awards for the new studio building at Wimbledon College of Arts. The Ashden Award is given to a building which champions sustainability by achieving excellent energy efficiency.

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Camberwell Update – February 2016


Pride and Joy. Image by Alex Scott.

Pride and Joy. Image by Alex Scott.

After a visit to Camberwell this morning to pick up footage from the timelapse camera, FM at Camberwell Gary Walker was kind enough to give us a Grand Tour of the works that are currently going on there.  We thought this was a lovely picture of Gary (who also enjoyed a two week stint on the building site) with his new ‘baby’.

It’s fascinating to witness the progress going on on site, and you’ll be able to catch up on the timelapse footage soon.

The Art Shop Laymen’s Guide to Carbon Footprint and Bags


Photo: Daniel Keys

So you’ve followed this link because you have an interest in what bag use actually means to the environment. First, let’s talk about what carbon footprint actually means:
Footprint (in this context) is a measure of the total impact something has; whereas Carbon is shorthand for all the different kinds of greenhouse gases. Therefore Carbon Footprint is considered the best estimate for the impact something has on the environment through the process of its creation. Read the rest of this entry »