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British Council promotes UK with Egyptian building

These are the first images of the British Council's recently completed offices in Alexandria, Egypt.

The building was designed by the organisation's own in-house architectural team - headed by Emma Vergette - and has already been nominated for this year's British Construction Industry Awards, organised by the AJ and New Civil Engineer.

As well as housing a new knowledge and learning centre, which incorporates video-conference facilites, a library and a café bar, the £330,000 offices also have room for 10 staff.

Vergette said: 'An important element of our brief was to project a positive image of the contemporary UK.

'The British Council will be many Egyptians' first point of contact with Britain so it was vital that the appropriate image was created.'

She added: 'Feedback from customers has been incredibly positive and the building has already had a huge impact on how young Egyptians view the UK as a modern, stylish, cool place that they want to be a part of.'

Although the building is air conditioned, it has been designed to 'achieve a large massing of materials in the envelope' to keep it cool in the summer and warm in winter.

Because the sun is almost directly overhead during the day, the west and east elevations have small windows to limit solar gain.

by Richard Waite

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