TOTAL COST
£18M
COMPLETED
2011
DURATION
1Y4M
RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
People
Planet

Project description

This £18 million sustainable and flexible building provides a 950-capacity centre across four storeys. It houses performing arts spaces, specialist teaching facilities, ICT hubs and unique suspended ‘learning pod’ areas.

The centre’s design offers a welcoming, collaborative and stimulating environment through a network of linked informal areas, based on the principle that any space can be a learning space. In addition, a large atrium provides good visibility through the building, allowing for passive, consistent supervision that contributes to good behaviour and a sense of safety.

The construction of the new sixth form took place on a live education campus where sensitive consideration for student needs was critical. Specialist logistics and engagement plans ensured that the college was involved at every stage of the project.

As construction took place the project team ensured that local stakeholders were engaged at all stages. This included site tours, open evenings and exhibiting careers events at the college to provide support for students heading towards their working careers. The resulting building is an award-winning centre of excellence.

Responsible business

People

People

Our team worked with the Further Education College next door to exhibit at a number of careers events, advising students about the possible careers in construction available to them.

Planet

Planet

Designed to meet a BREEAM Excellent rating, a number of sustainable features have been incorporated in this project, including passive design and use of renewable energy sources. Together these measures will help to achieve up to 67 per cent less energy usage and 62 per cent less carbon emissions compared to other Further Education College builds in the UK.


Challenges

Building on a live education campus posed a huge challenge. The team engaged the local college and neighbourhood on a regular basis to ensure short term construction programmes remained transparent.

Testimonials

“We are delighted with the new sixth form college. It is innovative, creative and provides an inspirational place to learn.”

Yolanda Botham
Principal, Lowestoft VI Form College

Awards

RIBA Craftsmanship Award – Norfolk Association of Architects – Winner

LABC Building Excellence Award - Finalist