Learning Resource Centre

Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire

Sector: Education

The Library and IT POD

This project was constructed as part of the second phase of an £18 million campus masterplan to upgrade the College facilities to meet the requirements of current Building Standards and to attract more Students in a competing environment. The existing College Reception, Library, Welfare and Student Services, Admin facilities and Learning Resource Centre were all spread across four buildings on campus, all dilapidated and too cramped.  The College took the decision to construct a new focal entrance to the campus and to bring support facilities under one roof.

Sustainability underpinned the project and the finished building incorporated passive solar control, increased insulation, natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting and careful selection of materials and services to help limit CO2 consumption and lifecycle running costs.

The building contained the main College Reception which was set in a large focal entrance space, grand enough to accommodate Staff, Students and Visitors. Brise soleil protected this space from the sun at either end.

Connected to this was the main College Library with a Reading Room overlooking and glazed pod incorporating computer digital library facilities. Library shelving was orientated radially to allow Staff a clear view of the floor plate and observation of Students, whilst opening up views to the exterior.

Student Services, Welfare Services, Learning Resource Centre, Tutorial and Meeting rooms, IT Teaching room and an Internet Café all feed from the Atrium and Circulation spaces.

The building is now the main College Reception and Centre point of the College.

Status: Completed October 2008
Value: £1.4m
Type: New Build - using SFS framework
Contract: Design and Build with Architect novated at stage D
Client: Reaseheath College
Architect: Associate and Project Architect whilst working at Hulme Upright
Project Manager: MACE
Quantity Surveyor: Sense
Structural Engineer: ABA Consulting Engineers
M&E Consultant: Building Services Management (BSM)
Contractor: Felton Construction

The Rear Entrance The Library The Main Reception Digitial Learning The Main Entrance with Student Planting