The Advanced Technology Centre (ATC), which forms the latest Bond Bryan project at Bradford College, is opening its doors to its first intake of students this week. Being adjacent to the much talked about David Hockney Building, also designed by Bond Bryan Architects and shortlisted for a number of awards, this new addition further adds to the impressive portfolio of Bradford College.
The eco-friendly campus, measuring 3,600m², features solar panels, a bio-diverse roof and super-efficient plant, putting the building on track to achieve BREEAM excellent rating. The design creates a flexible solution that is distinctive, a high quality addition to Great Horton Road, complementing the new campus and adding to the regeneration of Bradford.
Matt Hutton, Associate Director at Bond Bryan Architects, explained: “Having previously worked with Bradford College we were excited to deliver yet another outstanding facility for students, staff and local businesses alike. The brief was to provide a building which compliments the much larger David Hockney Building in terms of vision and educational aspiration, with a series of multi use flexible spaces for teaching and learning that encompass traditional classrooms as well as high tech laboratory environments to support realistic working environments.
It was like creating Big Brother’s Little Brother in fact!”
Andy Welsh, CEO of Bradford College Group commented: “Our new £10m Advanced Technology Centre provides an opportunity to work collaboratively with local employers to develop a space that responds to skills shortages by using the very latest technologies to shape innovation in the local economy.”
The project was funded by the Skills Funding Agency and Bradford Council and BAM were appointed as contractor delivering the project on time and budget ready for the start of the academic year.