HLM were appointed as Lead Consultant and Architect for the design of a fully serviced, residential sixth form college specialising in sciences and sport. The facility accommodates 340 students training to be officers in the Armed Forces. The brief was to create an environment in which young people are enabled and encouraged to reach the highest academic and personal standards that reflect the ethos of the Joint Services.
The scheme is based around a central block known as the forum which defines the entrance and forms a central hub for the development. Curved linear routes link the forum to the teaching/sports areas to the east and residential accommodation to the west. These routes form the major student thoroughfare.
Although the facilities are predominantly used by staff and students provision is also made for use by local community groups and clubs. The college facilities include 5 full-size and three 5 a-side football pitches, 2 cricket squares, 4 rugby fields, 2 hockey pitches, 6 tennis courts, athletics facilities and swimming pool. The college also enables for third party residential use outside of normal term time.
The Design Team worked closely with the college to develop a scheme which responded to their specific needs of the curriculum and provided a flexible architectural approach.
The involvement of the college throughout the building process has ensured the scheme meets the client expectations of a state-of-the-art college with the highest quality residential and teaching facilities, benefiting from the latest technological advances.
The design achieved an excellent SEAM rating through sustainable design features such as exposed high thermal mass structures, natural ventilation, solar protection, reuse of existing site materials and energy conscious fittings.
RIBA: Ibstock EM Award for Architecture
Public Finance Award
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