The building stock at the college ranges from early Victorian to modern buildings, representing a diverse collection of building types and styles. Frank Shaw Associates were approached by the college to develop a ‘whole site strategy’, which included the construction of a new science facility to house their physics and chemistry departments.
As part of the site analysis, key areas were identified for refurbishment and reconfiguring, including staff and student welfare facilities and external landscaping. Frank Shaw Associates also advised on interventions necessary to aid access in light of DDA legislation, and generally to ‘unlock’ the site for all.
Frank Shaw Associates proposed a flexible and sustainable building for the science building, which utilised passive energy-saving technologies whilst allowing for future adaptability and services. Architecturally, a palette of materials was sensitively combined and carefully detailed to reflect the influences of the varied existing buildings around the college site, yet form a modern statement of its own. Its orientation within maximized internal daylight and reconciled circulation around the site.
The building configuration facilitates a rich educational environment by bringing people together by using a centrally organised space that communicates with each department and can act as a catalyst for communication.
All works were completed whilst the college was fully operational.