Preston College, STEM Centre

The project consisted of the construction of a new two storey STEM Centre building which provides circa 4300m2 of accommodation. The project was part funded by the SFA.

The building provides accommodation for:

  • Workshops for Advanced and Sustainable Technologies, Motor Vehicles, Fabrication and Welding.
  • Laboratories for the Sciences, IT and support to other College departments.
  • Classrooms of varied sizes and flexible configurations.
  • Flexible LRC type spaces based on the three stages of design, process and output.

The sustainability of the building was enhanced by adopting a lean, mean and green approach to all aspects of the building design. The development has achieved a 27% reduction in carbon emissions over the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations AD L2A.

The building envelopes thermal performance and air permeability exceed in minimum requirements of Building Regulations AD L2A.

The design incorporates a number of renewable and low carbon technologies which include photovoltaic panels, wind turbine, biomass boiler, air source heat pumps and solar hot water. The technologies are utilised by the college as part of the curriculum.

The project was subject to a BREEAM Assessment to achieve an Excellent rating.

The project also included the replacement of the central 3MW gas fired boilerplant, demolition of existing buildings, and relocation/refurbishment of other faculties.

Clancy Consulting’s appointment included full MEP design services, thermal modelling and BREEAM Assessor.


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