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An environmental landmark


The iCon is a recognised exemplar of progressive design and energy efficiency. It was been designed to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating from BREEAM, the leading assessment method for the environmental performance of buildings. The building has been the recipient of two design awards, having won a 2010 Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and a 2009 Milton Keynes-South Midlands Excellence Award.

Design features:

  • A ‘fabric first’ energy efficient building, designed for stunning CO2 emissions of only 15kg/m2/year.
  • Low carbon design features including a natural ventilation system, exhaust air heat pumps and phase change materials in the ceiling.
  • A central ‘street’ with an inflatable ETFE roof – supporting natural temperature regulation of the building.

Funding for the project was obtained from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC). Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council donated the land for the project