Urban Strawbale: Gateway Building University of Nottingham

Make Architects took one of the most traditional building materials, straw, and elevated it into cutting edge, sustainable building technology. The Gateway Building at The University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus was built using prefabricated timber cassettes containing straw from the University’s own farm. Bringing together the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary and Medical Sciences the building provides laboratories, teaching spaces and offices for the academic staff.

  • Architects: Make Architects
  • Location: Nottingham, UK
  • Collaborators: Couch Perry & Wilkes, Herbert Baggaley Construction Ltd, Price & Myers, Sand Project Management
  • Client: The University of Nottingham
  • Strawbale Specialists: Eurban
  • Area: 3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Make Architects


Written by Herbert Gruber

Herbert is author of the book "Neues Bauen mit Stroh" (New Building with Straw), head of the austrian strawbale network ASBN and partner in the Leonardo-project "Strawbale Training for European Professionals (STEP). As a collector he documents European straw bale buildings since 1999 on his website (database, german), in lectures, workshops and books.

Website: http://www.baubiologie.at