South Lanarkshire College Low Carbon Teaching Building
The new BREEAM Outstanding Low Carbon Teaching Building for South Lanarkshire College is located on their main East Kilbride campus. The brief was to provide a new eight classroom building that provide multi-purpose learning facilities for a range of purposes, from daily teaching of the three main college departments (Business, Care and Construction) to providing facilities and hosting workshops for the local and business communities.
From the outset our Client emphasised that the building was to be an exemplar of sustainable construction. The construction process on site was fully documented and this will be incorporated into their Construction curriculum.
Students will also be involved in monitoring how the building performs and comparing it to the other two buildings on the campus.
Following a series of stakeholder workshops we developed a design with two-storey classroom wings grouped around a south facing courtyard. This space will be developed by the horticulture students at the College and will form part of a series of outdoor teaching spaces.
This building was the first in the UK to achieve an Outstanding rating in the BREEAM 2014 New Construction assessment process at both design and construction stage.
The accolade of being the first project in the United Kingdom to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ under the 2014 standards is an immense achievement for the College and its Project Team. The building is now an integral part of the campus and community as a whole. We enjoyed working with the architects, Austin Smith Lord. The insight and experience they brought was invaluable in helping us deliver this pioneering building which will be a positive legacy for staff and students for decades to come. We already know from our post-occupancy evaluation data that the building is performing even better than designed and we are delighted with this achievement.
Stewart McKillop, Principal – South Lanarkshire College
LOCATION: EAST KILBRIDE
CLIENT: SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COLLEGE
LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
STRUCTURES: WILL RUDD DAVIDSON
COST CONSULTANT: DOIG & SMITH
AWARDS: BREEAM OUTSTANDING