Prospects College

Essex

This phased development involving part demolition and major refurbishment of existing industrial units, transforms a former factory site into a state of the art further education campus for vocational training.

The original existing factory has been extended and refurbished to form an engineering and electrical campus, with workshops, seminar rooms, administration offices, ancillary facilities, a reception and waiting room area with the inclusion of external works and drainage.

The site was then extended by the purchase of the adjacent land which contained an existing meat factory; this had mostly been demolished and a new part three storey and part single storey building was constructed. The new extension provides workshops, fully working demonstration rigs for plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, ventilation and brazing services, seminar rooms, open student resource/breakout study areas, lecture theatre, restaurant, kitchen, administration offices and a new reception area. The external works include a newly refurbished car park with access controlled entry and drainage works. The works were completed to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

The utilisation of existing structures combined with our creative value engineering skills, ensured that this specialist engineering and construction college was delivered within tight financial constraints under national cost indicators.

We worked closely with the architect and engineers to identify value for money solutions for each of the building elements to create a campus suitable for its use, but also within financial limits.