Wales Institute for Sustainable Education

Structural Designer

Buro Happold Ltd. Richard Harris, Jon Shanks, Tobias Hodson

Client Name

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Images: © Tim Soare


The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) building is a flagship education centre and exemplar of sustainable construction for the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) to host residential courses for Masters in Sustainable Building and Part II Architecture Degrees.

The 1880m² centre includes a 200 seat lecture theatre, seminar rooms, workshops, and 24 study bedrooms. Ever since CAT was founded 30 years ago, it has been pioneering low energy solutions in construction and operation. The WISE building brings together these years of experience into a large scale educational building at the cutting edge of low energy construction.

Judge's comment:

"The WISE development is a great advertisement for the outstanding achievements of CAT and acts as an inspiration for not only the students that will use it but for the building industry as a whole."

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