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DRA presented top green award

Student accommodation at the University of St Andrews has been named the most environmentally friendly in Scotland.

The University’s newly built David Russell Apartments are the first in Scotland to be granted the highest award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The new accommodation, which will be completed this September, was recently awarded Gold status by the GTBS, with representatives presenting an official plaque to the University today (Tuesday 22nd August).

The three-year redevelopment, which will result in environmentally friendly accommodation for 920 students, consists of five bedroom flats and a central facilities building. Environmental and conservation features in the design include a rain water recovery system, high standards of thermal insulation, sophisticated building management controls and under floor heating. A unique feature is the grass and sedum roofing on the central building.

Accepting the award and plaque on behalf of the University, Hamish Johnston, Head of Support Services for the University’s Residential and Business Services, said:

“We are delighted to be the first University in Scotland to be granted Gold status. The award is testament to the fact that environmental and conservation issues have been key to both the design process and the current management of the buildings, which includes a comprehensive recycling programme, the use of local suppliers and benchmarking of power consumption, which are part of the University’s wider environmental strategy.”

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