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Client: British Film Institute
Project value: £10m


At this new facility, flammable nitrate film is stored at ideal storage conditions required to preserve the media for the longest period possible without causing damage.

Due to the nature of the facility, a very efficient conditioning method using air systems has been employed which recovers heat from its own process to negate the requirement for natural gas.

In addition, the building is served by a chilled water system operating at –12°C flow and –6°C return in order to maintain the required internal environment.

Heat rejected from the air cooled chiller is recovered and used to heat the ancillary support areas using under floor heating, fan coil units and close control units operating at 45°C flow /40°C return.


  • sustain’ Magazine Award for Design & Architecture (2013)
  • BCI Awards Building Project of the Year (£3m to £50m) – Highly Commended (2012)
  • RIBA Award and Regional Building of the Year (2012)
  • AIA UK Excellence in Design Award Commendation (2012)