The new Construction Centre for Barnsley College consolidates their existing facilities into one location. With a Gross Internal Floor area of around 5,000m2, the new facilities provide a range of large-scale construction workshops for courses in brickwork, plastering, joinery, plumbing, gas as well as painting & decorating. Combined with a large covered project area as well as an external sheltered area, these flexible workshops enable the College to respond to the rapidly changing skills needs of the construction industry. The workshop areas are then supported by a range of smaller scale teaching, learning and social facilities.
Bond Bryan’s solution to unify the various disciplines was to create two distinct areas to differentiate between the practical and theoretical study areas: The workshops feature a prominent saw tooth roof profile to maximise the natural daylight into the practical learning areas, whilst the teaching areas are expressed in a simple naturally ventilated 2 storey block. An atrium space provides a physical division between the two areas offering social and informal learning facilities which culminate in a double height flexible work space with striking views of the surrounding landscape.
Project Architect at Bond Bryan, James Woodhouse, who worked on this project and attended Barnsley College himself when completing his A-levels said: “It was a great opportunity for me personally to give something back to the college, that formed part of my education to later become an architect. It was exciting to help create fantastic new facilities for a town I feel very passionately about.”
Andrew Fairest, Vice Principal Property Development at Barnsley College, commented: "Bond Bryan have delivered a truly outstanding performance, and one to be extremely proud of.”
Bond Bryan have also designed the new sixth form centre for Barnsley College, which will be completed shortly.
Architect: Bond Bryan
Director: Bruce Raw
Associate Director: Matt Hutton
Project Managers: Turner & Townsend (Sheffield)
Services Engineers: Silcock Leedham
Civil/Structural Engineers: WYG
Contractor: BAM Construction
Construction Value: £ 8.5m
Completion date: September 2015
GIFA – 5,250m²