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BFI Master Film Store / 0 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store / 1 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store / 2 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store / 3 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
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BFI Master Film Store / 5 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store / 6 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store / 7 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
BFI Master Film Store / 8 © BFI - photo: Edmund Sumner
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BFI Master Film Store / 11 © Drawing - Couch Perry and Wilkes LLP

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The BFI National Archives go back to the birth of film and are the most significant film and television collection in the world. Without proper storage conditions, fragile and unstable nitrate and acetate film risked being lost forever.

The entire master film collection - over 450,000 canisters - is now safely stored in the BFI Master Film Store in closely controlled environmental conditions.

The vaults keep the film at minus 5 degrees C and at 35 per cent relative humidity. The fabric and services enable this environment to be maintained in an energy efficient way.

The Master Film Store has achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating both for its passive energy saving design and the ecological features that enhance its rural site.

The Store will save over £330,000 in annual energy costs and over 1,500 tonnes of carbon compared with initial options for refurbishing the BFI's existing archive buildings to the same environmental conditions; and over £78,000 and 386 tonnes of carbon compared to a 2006 Building Regulations compliant building.

Sedum and 21 species of wild flowers cover the roof, a wild flower meadow has been planted and linear swales built in the landscape provide a sustainable drainage system.

The building performs its function in an elegantly composed structure. The long elevations are articulated with large stainless steel over-pressure panels and concrete fire shrouds to the 30 cells for nitrate film. The stainless steel panels open in the unlikely event of fire to allow a clean burn. The pre-cast shrouds prevent heat spreading to adjacent cells.

AWARDS

RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award

RIBA Award

AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards - Commendation

Sustain' Magazine Award for Design & Architecture

MADE20 Award

BCI Awards Building Project of the Year (£3m to £50m) - Highly Commended

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Ventilation + Heat recovery

Innovative cooling system

Shading system

High efficient façade

Occupancy sensors

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

Green or brown roofs

No light pollution

SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

All detailing, specification and construction methods were developed based on achieving an air permeability of 0.3m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa. The actual result is 0.28m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa.

The building incorporated a high thermal mass construction method which inherently assisted with achieving the targeted air permeability, whilst providing a very stable internal environment.

The insulation provides a ‘U’ value of 0.1W/m2k to all external walls, roof and exposed floors with the insulation layer generally either sandwiched between concrete or protected by high mass building elements.

The M&E systems were optimised to minimise energy consumption by utilising efficient processes including, variable speed demand controlled pumping to chilled water and heating systems, recirculation of corridor air to dehumidification plant to reduce conditioning energy demand from fresh air supply, and recirculation AHU’s with fans mounted out of air stream to prevent unnecessary heat gain.

ENERGY DATA

Energy consumption:

42.40 KW/m² (13.441 KBtu/ft²)

Consumption type:

Simulated

Annual carbon footprint:

186.00 KgCO2m² (2002.087 KgCO2/ft²)

Climate zone:

Temperate

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Temperate

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CLIENT

Client:

British Film Institute (BFI)

DESIGNERS

Architect:

Cullinan Studio

CONSULTANTS

Building services engineer:

Couch Perry & Wilkes LLP

Other:

Buro Four , WH Stephens

Structural Engineer:

Curtins Consulting

CONTRACTORS

Contractor:

Gilbert Ash (NI)

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PROJECT INFO

Building type:

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Year:

2012

Project Status:

Built

Gross Area:

3000 Sqm

Certificates:

BREEAM 2008 UK Industrial Excellent

Climatic zone:

Temperate

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