SECTOR: Education – CONTRACT VALUE: £1,200,000.00 – DATE COMPLETED: September 2012
AWARDS: Shortlisted for RIBA Awards 2013
The new teaching block is positioned to enclose external courtyard spaces (a feature of the existing college) and form a strong edge to the existing car park. The new building will be entered from the newly opened up corridor to the west of the Learning Centre and contains ten teaching spaces, informal tutorial spaces, a staff base, reprographics and storage facilities. Spaces are arranged alongside a generous naturally lit central circulation corridor. In keeping with the original fabric of the college the building is faced in brickwork both internally and externally.
There is a commitment to ‘green’ design and energy efficiency. The roof is planted with a sedum blanket and the excess rainwater is used to irrigate the planting beds below. The teaching spaces are naturally ventilated, bringing cool air in through windows at low-level and expelling warm air through ‘monodraught windcatchers’ in the service zone above the spine corridor.
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