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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

EDUCATION Energy Coast

EDUCATION Energy Coast University Technical College West Cumbria The new Energy Coast UTC (University Technical College) was developed on a green field site in West Cumbria. It provides specialist education for 14-19 year olds in partnership with industry sponsors Britain’s Energy Coast Campus, University of Cumbria, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Lakes College West Cumbria and GEN II Training. An integrated approach with the design team and contractor using BIM helped support the low energy strategy through use of sun path analysis to optimise glazing and shading requirements. BIM also assisted with material efficiency, producing a building with a simple form with functionality and adaptability at the forefront of the design. Our approach integrated passive design strategies from the initial concept design demonstrating how a low energy solution could be achieved through a robust fabric first approach on an exposed and challenging site to deliver a building with an A rated EPC. The College was keen to have a solution that provided a building with low running costs but did not want to follow the BREEAM process. A cost effective, simple low carbon solution that worked effectively was the driver for the project. Due to the marine environment, all materials used for the envelope were non-ferrous. We also incorporated roof cassettes and standardised modules to reduce waste and minimise site time. The UTC specialises in energy and the curriculum has a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), sustainability, clean technologies and construction. Energy Coast UTC is passionate about preparing local young people for the job opportunities in energy related engineering and construction which underpin the development of West Cumbria as a centre for low carbon energy including nuclear, wind and solar power. The UTC will provide students with the technical skills that employers need and want; and qualifications and experience that will 42 SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016

EDUCATION take them on their next step in life whether that is into employment, an apprenticeship or university. The UTC is sponsored and supported by GEN II Training, Lakes College and the University of Cumbria. Students will also learn and work with key employers in the area. The design creates a strong and confident identity for the UTC through building form; and branding through colour, materials and signage that is instantly recognisable and distinct. Sustainability has been a fundamental driver for the architecture through tried and tested design principles of a well-insulated, air tight building that optimises natural light and ventilation to minimise energy demand for heating, cooling and illumination; while providing direct end user control. The building is designed to achieve an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The architectural vision was to produce a building which feels professional and inspirational and which engenders a sense of entrepreneurship. This is achieved through a number of features including the unique building envelope, inspiring entrance and circulation spaces, visible independent learning areas and generous double height spaces, along with clear branding and graphics. The new facility has been built on land next to Energus, a state of the art training and conference centre, in Lillyhall. This location means that students will be using some of the best facilities in the UK, including the engineering workshops of Energus and GEN II Training and the new Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre at Lakes College. Credits Architect: ADP Architecture Client: Energy Coast UTC Trust Contractor: Eric Wright Construction Structural Engineers: Cundall Photography: David Millington SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016 43