Markets: Education
Date: 12/10/2017

Redbridge College

Lakehouse has successfully delivered a large scale extension to Redbridge College, located in Little Heath, Essex.

The £4.9m design and build project included the construction of a new two storey classroom block, college entrance and specialist performance space. The total new floorspace constructed covers almost 2,500m2 and the project was completed in partnership with architects Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt.

The new teaching block provides flexible teaching space and echoes the style and form of existing campus structures, ensuring a coherent college identity. The performance space, nicknamed ‘The Box’, is an acoustically treated performance area, with viewing facilities and music production rooms. It is connected to the existing College building via a glazed link structure and includes teaching spaces and a 264 retractable seating space in the theatre, making it suitable for performances, enrolment, exhibitions and gatherings.

The project was also singled out at the Surface Design Awards as winner of the Light and Exterior Surface award. The winning component was the theatre's translucent polycarbonate rainscreen panels, chosen for their range of colours, transparency, lightweight look and feel, and their ability to be backlit. As well as the cutting edge treatment to the external walls, attention was given to an adjacent boiler chimney, making it a bold landmark and with backlit signage to advertise the college, a beacon for the theatre and the new face of the campus.

Site Manager Duncan Ferreira was awarded a Lakehouse Customer Service Award following his team’s positive contribution on site. The location of the College, which is close to a high number of vulnerable local residents, meant that site safety was of paramount importance. Site operatives focused on keeping the site safe and clean, as well as involving themselves positively with the local community.

College, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt Architects and MJA Associates, was awarded a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and was also been long listed for the World Architecture News Colour in Architecture Awards. The Considerate Constructors Scheme Monitor commented “An impressive performance, as usual, for this contractor.”

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