Horwood Energy Centre, Keele University

Commercial efficiency, context and building function were all key factors when DAY were first engaged to develop initial feasibility schemes for Horwood Energy Centre.


Considering these elements DAY Architectural embarked on developing an understanding of the Client's aspirations for the architectural language of the scheme and also the practical solutions required to ultimately provide Keele University with a building fit for the purpose of housing the new district heating for the campus.


The existing building fronts onto Keele Hall Road which forms part of the main vehicular circulation route through the university campus. At the rear, a service yard separates the development site from the rear of the Students' Union building. The existing building is currently used for the purpose of housing plant and as such there is no change of use. However, the upgrading of the plant equipment to meet new demands and standards in turn informs the upgrading of the building fabric to an improved architectural appearance which will match Keele University's aspirations for a dynamic and contemporary institution.