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Further Education Building in southeast England, UK – design by Archial Architects

21 Nov 2011

East Surrey College Redhill

Queen Opens Archial Designed East Surrey College

Design: Archial, architects

On Friday (18/11/11) the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new £43 Million East Surrey College building, designed by architects Archial – part of the global Ingenium Group of companies.

Archial has worked with East Surrey College since the initial feasibility studies to bring together two campuses to create a new 18,000 sqm campus building arranged over five storeys, dramatically improving the facilities offered by the College. The new building links seamlessly to an existing 3,500 sqm building which was completely refurbished as part of the works.

Design: Archial
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pictures from Archial

The new building includes facilities for students studying: art design and media; hair and beauty; construction; engineering; public service; health and childcare; sport; business and supported learning. It also houses a sports hall, gym, a two storey learning resource centre and landscaped horticulture and summer gardens.

Ross Bridgman at Archial said: “The design and specification of East Surrey College is a response to the needs of governors, managers, staff and students alike. The College is arranged around a three storey 800 sq m internal winter garden allowing natural light to fill the building, which also connects to an external summer garden providing quality social space all year round.”

Chris Long, East Surrey College Director of Communication and Capital Build, said: “With its outstanding design, the new college provides world class facilities for teaching and learning. This landmark building is the gateway to Redhill and an important visual indication to the community of how education and skills acquisition can improve lives and opportunities.”

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pictures from Archial

Fully accessible and DDA compliant, the building provides teaching spaces that are flexible and optimise natural daylighting. Internally, glazed screens to classrooms give the building a light and open feel. Externally, the building features a curved zinc-clad three storey block containing the learning resources centre and administration area and translucent cladding panels – the first time this particular system has been used in the UK – which achieve exceptional thermal insulation values while allowing high levels of natural daylight into the building.

A number of sustainable features are incorporated into the building design, including rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing, a green roof, a wood chip fuelled biomass boiler and solar panels, and it has been awarded a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating.

East Surrey College – Background Information

Situated in Redhill, a busy shopping and commercial centre for surrounding small towns, East Surrey College has over 1,500 full-time students and more than 8,000 part-time students studying courses that range from vocational qualifications to community leisure courses.

Archial is an international architectural specialist with public and private-sector clients. Its diverse portfolio includes work in corporate, education, government, healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, residential, retail and transport sectors and it employs approximately 200 employees in offices throughout England and Scotland. The award-winning Archial organisation has been known for delivering intelligent solutions that combine creative excellence with commercial success.

Archial is part the privately held Ingenium Group of companies. Delivering global building solutions, the 900 employees of the group offer an extensive range of architectural, engineering, land use and development planning, interior design, project management, construction, design-build and partnership services through offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Middle East, and Asia. It has a broad and diverse portfolio of completed work within the commercial, government, transportation and lifestyle sectors, comprising some of the largest building projects in the world. The Ingenium Group member company brands include Archial, NORR, Giffels, CION and Westpro. For more information: www.theingeniumgroup.com.

East Surrey College Building image / information from Archial


Address: London Rd, Redhill RH1 2JX
Phone: 01737 772611

Location:London Road, Redhill RH1 2JX, UK

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