Advanced Technology Centre
Completion Date April 2017
Contract Value £3.5m
Client Eastleigh College
The new Advanced Technology Centre reflects Eastleigh College’s commitment to providing high technology learning environments for 16-18 year old students who are undertaking professional development and up-skilling.
Sitting adjacent to a landscaped courtyard on what is effectively an infill site, the scheme forms part of ArchitecturePLB’s site wide masterplan and replaces previously outdated buildings which were located on satellites campuses. The ground floor accommodates large scale workshops and practical areas for subjects such as Construction, and Electronic Engineering, whilst the upper floors are designed for open learning, IT and Computer Sciences. Built on the concept of ‘Long life, loose fit, low energy’, the building provides maximum long term flexibility and robustness, whilst also providing the college with an ‘impact’ building.
The striking facade design reflects the technologies theme with a solar shading design based on the element Ytterbium which forms the basis of research into a new form of superconductor.
The project has been shortlisted for an RIBA South Award 2018.
Photography by Craig Auckland, Fotohaus