The Sheffield College of Applied Engineering


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Race Cottam Associates were appointed by The Sheffield College post initial feasibility then novated to Clugston Construction to design and deliver new facilities at Hillsborough College and The Sheffield College of Applied Engineering at Olive Grove.

The Brief

The scheme comprised demolition of the existing teaching block and the phased construction of the new four storey teaching facility, atrium link and refurbishment of the existing workshops, which remained in use throughout the academic year.The Engineering centre at Olive Grove has created new curriculum areas as well as providing general teaching accommodation, technical studios and specialist workshops, a large café area and learning resource centre, flexible breakout spaces, staff offices and meeting rooms, and ancillary support space.

The Design

Passive environmental design, sustainability and renewable technology were considered from the outset and an energy strategy was developed that considered operating performance, maintenance and long term running costs. The systems are used as a teaching resource for students. Renewable systems installed include PV arrays, solar thermal panels and greywater recycling and provision was made for a wind turbine.

The Outcome

The scheme was completed in September 2015 and achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good, the maximum possible due to the constraints of the existing building. The entire project was 20 months from our initial appointment to completion.