Awards 2017 – Education

Winner – Bellerive 6th Form, Liverpool
Runner up – University Technical College, Leeds
Highly Commended – Holy Trinity School, London and Portesbury SEN School, Surrey
Commended – University Centre Farnborough College and University of Warwick – The Oculus

Bellerive 6th Form – Liverpool
Client – Bellerive School
Architect, Surveyor & M&E Engineer – KWS Architects and Engineers
Contractor – Morgan Sindall

Bellerive school is an excellent addition to the school campus being cleverly designed within a tight site and using materials sympathetic to its surroundings. Internally the brightly lit atrium provides a pleasant environment to study with the various classes on each floor opening out onto corridors around the atrium. Careful attention to detail is the key to its success with evidence that the close working relationship between the Client, designer and contractor has produced a worthy building for all its pupils and staff alike.

University Technical College – Leeds
Client – Education & Skills Funding Agency
Architect – Race Cottam Associates Ltd
M&E Engineer – BAM Design
Surveyor – Mott Macdonald Ltd
Contractor – BAM Construction

The UTC Leeds, Yorkshire’s first university technical college, is a major Capital investment delivered by the ESFA and funding has been extremely well spent in converting an existing grade 2 listed engineering works building, into a modern 21st Century learning environment of 5000m2 for 600 students. The positive outcome was obvious in the quality of the building layout and in the enthusiasm of the Students and other users of the building about the project delivery and facilities provided.

Holy Trinity School – London
Client – London Diocesan Board of Schools
Architect – Rock Townsend Architects and Stockwool
M&E Engineer – Green Building Design Consultants & Mendick Waring
Surveyor – Sawyer & Fisher
Contractor – Telford Homes PLC

Holy Trinity demonstrates a pragmatic approach to delivering new homes and school places in urban locations, responding to the limited availability of public funding and seeking to address the compromises that schools often suffer on small sites. The clever integration of stacking 101 apartments above a new 2FE primary school was a pleasure to see, especially the 3rd floor, double height open air play deck which makes the most use of the limited available space. Dedicated residential entrances to the north and south enable the school to operate individually from residents whilst being able to create their own cross community facilities. A bold solution which despite many challenges along its journey manages to deliver exceptional learning spaces on a postage stamp sized site.

Portesbury SEN School – Surrey
Client – Surrey County Council
Architect, M&E engineer and surveyors – Property Services, Hampshire County Council
Contractor – Osbourne

Portesbery Special School provides Special Educational Needs facilities for 105 pupils aged 2-19 who have a range of Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The project is located on the site of the former deep cut barracks and sensitively places itself within green belt and Site of Nature Conservation Imporatnce. The attention to design and detail, and the collaboration between the Council and the School’s student and staff made this a successful partnership and a building to be proud of.

University Centre Farnborough College
Client – Farnborough College
Architect – Nicolas Hare
M&E Engineer – Peter Brett
Contractor – Mace Ltd

A striking new flagship entrance building for the college with an innovative design. Project team collaboration was required to overcome challenges associated with being near an airport, plus building on an occupied campus close to neighbouring properties. The permissible crane jib height depended on wind direction and impacted on the steel frame and timber cassette façade construction which required an alternative superstructure methodology to enable a successful delivery.

University of Warwick – The Oculus
Client – University of Warwick
Architect – Berman Guedes Stretton
M&E Engineer – Derry Building Services
Surveyor – Pick Everard
Contractor – Willmott Dixon

From start to finish, The Oculus project has been a showcase of innovative practice. It adopted collaborative two-stage procurement with fair payment and risk sharing. It involved all stakeholders from briefing stage workshops through to construction site tours to achieve universal support. It translated the University’s design aspirations into an iconic, landmark building which is instantly recognisable. It also harnesses the latest in audio-visual technology to enhance the student experience. A “one team” approach, resulted in a building which has achieved the complete package of striking visual appeal, high sustainability, strong performance and abundant technology; all based around maximising the end user experience.