Past projects:

Science and Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC) – Euxton Lane

XLC Building
A new two storey, 2,000 metre square extension to the Euxton Lane campus building, designed to BREEAM Excellent standard.

Construction commenced during March 2015 and was completed in early 2016.

This exciting new building is fitted out with cutting edge industry standard engineering and science laboratories and workshops, following feedback from local employers and future industry needs.

The facility also houses a new main reception, offices, welfare facilities and full access via a fire lift linking both the old and new building.

The SEIC accommodates up to 400 new students across a wide range of engineering and science courses to complement our current provisions, including apprenticeships at all levels, to career degrees.

Construction start: March 2015
Completion: March 2016
Project value: £6.2 million (£4.3 million funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership LEP)
Contract: Partnership – Design & Build
Architect: McBains Cooper
Main contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
Quantity Surveyor and Client agent: McBains Cooper

Essential Employability Skills (EES) – Patterdale Building

Completed during March 2015, this has replaced the ageing Borrowdale Building on the Langdale Road Campus that was no longer fit for purpose due to its inflexible layout, poor thermal controls and end of life materials.

Patterdale is our first building constructed to the latest BREEAM Excellent sustainability standard. This ensures we achieve the maximum life cycle costing efficiencies, with sustainable processes.

Patterdale provides some large open spaces on the ground floor that give it great flexibility for multiple use activities. This will ensure that vital employability skills can be gained via access to presentations, one to one and group sessions, IT facilities, specialist external presenters etc. The outcome is to ensure students are aware of what employers want and need from their employees and how they can gain these skills for their future employment.

The remaining first floor classrooms will be used by students in the key areas of English, mathematics and humanities, again skill areas demanded by employers.

All access to the building is now via automatic double doors to the rear of the building, to help reduce any potential noise levels and control the movement of students during the day further into the College’s central areas. Additional specimen trees have been planned in all potential gaps on the Langdale Road boundary to enhance and screen the area, along with new planted areas around the building.

Construction start: July 2014
Completion: March 2015
Project value: £1.5 million (£0.4 million funded by the Skills Funding Agency)
Contract: Design & Build
Architect: McBains Cooper
Main contractor: Mansell Construction
Quantity Surveyor and Client Agent: McBains Cooper

Hawkshead Sports Annex

A dedicated £1.2 million new build Sports Classroom Annex adjacent to the current Hawkshead Sports Hall. Total size approximately 770 metres square, over two floors, the new build consists of a 2 storey block, matching in with the current Hawkshead Sports Hall design features. Comprising of 8 new classrooms, 2 of which are specifically fitted out with IT. Additional support rooms, welfare and staff room are also included within the design, along with an accessible lift.

This project will allow the centralisation of most of the School of Sport in one location, from across various areas of the College. The areas released will give space for the requirement for existing students where necessary to undertake additional hours across the year.

Construction start: October 2013
Completion: June 2014
Project value: £1.2 million
Contract: Design & Build
Architect: McBains Cooper
Main contractor: Conlon Construction
Quantity Surveyor and Client Agent: McBains Cooper

Library extension and refurbishment


Summary details
Phase 1 is the demolition of three awkwardly shaped rooms in an unattractive and outdated single storey frontage to the College’s main Library. This is followed by construction of a fully glazed two storey frontage with sandstone facings, to house a new Study Support area and additional open access IT facilities for students. Phase 2 of the project is a refurbishment of the adjacent main Library, including replacement of two mezzanine floors and a central bridge with a complete first floor on a single level. On completion of the refurbishment, the walls between the new frontage and the main Library will be opened to create an expanded fully modernised two storey building providing full library, learning resources centre and study support services for our students. The new building will link to the adjoining Student Services building that was completed in 2010. Environmental features of the project include natural stone, automatic lighting controls, improved energy efficiency, brise soleil screening and water attenuation measures.

Construction start: October 2011
Completion: August 2012
Project value: £2.9 million (£0.12 million funded by the Skills Funding Agency)
Contract: Design & Build
Architect: Fish Associates
Main contractor: Askam Construction
Quantity Surveyor & Client agent: McBains Cooper

Visitors’ Entrance and Mardale Frontage redevelopment


Summary details:
Demolition of the former 1970s, single storey precast concrete frontage and visitors’ reception and replacement with a fully glazed two storey frontage with sandstone facings to house a new entrance, visitors’ reception area, administration offices, board room and meeting rooms. The new building will link to the adjoining Student Services building that was completed in 2010 and the Mardale refectory frontage that was opened in 2009. Environmental features of the project include improved energy efficiency and water attenuation measures.

Construction start: October 2010
Completion: August 2011
Project value: £2.5 million (£0.1 million funded by the Skills Funding Agency)
Contract: Design & Build
Architect: Fish Associates
Main contractor: Askam Construction
Quantity Surveyor & Client agent: McBains Cooper