New building for UKDA

Article dated: 20 June 2007

For the fist time in its 40-year history, the UKDA has re-located to a purpose-built building. In March 2007 UKDA staff moved into the new Social Science Research Centre (SSRC) joining colleagues from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). The new building was designed by Hawkins\Brown Architects and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the University of Essex at a cost of £6.5 million. New UKDA building

In planning the building particular attention was paid to environmental issues, incorporating a number of energy-efficient measures, including a sophisticated computer-controlled heating system which adjusts in response to data from sensors inside and outside the building (known as 'weather compensation').

For readers with a disposition toward trivia, the following set of facts and figures may prove rewarding:

  • 11,800m3 (12,000 tonnes) of earth were excavated during construction
  • 4,400m3 (10,780 tonnes) of concrete were used in construction
  • the structure is reinforced with 305 tonnes of steel
  • 1,250 litres of emulsion paint were used in painting 4,990 sq m of walls
  • carpet tiles and vinyl cover 0.86 of an acre - (3500sq m)
  • the building includes 26km of computer cables and 1.8 km of shelves