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Highbury College

This project was the prestige redevelopment of the Highbury College Cosham Campus, consisting of 12,670 m2 of new buildings. This was a JCT 98 Design and Build Contract.

There were four phases of construction namely:

  • The demolition of the existing hotel and catering teaching building, which was built in the 1970s
  • The construction of a Sports Hall to Sport England specification
  • The construction of a new four storey campus building for the teaching of multidisciplinary courses
  • Hard landscaping

The buildings were steel framed structures erected on piled foundations. The facades were constructed in traditional face-brick masonry, rain screen cladding, composite cladding, through coloured render. There was an elevation of glazed screens that form a glass street frontage.

The building accommodates a variety of multidisciplinary functions including;

  • Corporate College (Administration)
  • Animal Care
  • Theatres for performances
  • Hair and beauty
  • Music department and television production
  • IT department
  • Automotive engineering
  • Floristry
  • Occupational health
  • Science laboratories
  • Catering
  • Operational kitchens and food halls
  • General teaching classrooms with modern teaching tools

Natural ventilation, ground source energy and photovoltaic cells, together with re-cycling of the demolition materials (crushed concrete) are just a few of the ‘Green' construction elements incorporated in the overall design and construction brief.

Central plant feeding other areas of the campus was installed and incorporated into the new teaching building. This replaced plant and equipment that is to be removed in the next phase of the campus redevelopment.