Exeter College – Centre for Maths, Science and Computing
Higher education facilities with panoramic views across the city
In September 2013 Stride Treglown were asked by Exeter College to look at the feasibility of providing a series of maths, science or computing specialisms within a redundant circa 1950’s four storey office building. Following a change of use planning application and principal works planning application the new ‘Centre for Maths, Science and Computing’ will support the continued growth of College generally, but in particular support expansion in these fields. More widely this is aimed to fulfil the College’s vision of being the premier destination of choice for post-16 maths and science education in the region.
Commanding a prominent Exeter city Centre location the facility offers higher education for 16 – 19yr olds and provides teaching laboratories, traditional classrooms, a forensic science suite with designated ‘crime scene’, a computing suite as well acting as a more public face for the college with its ‘Student Advice Hub’ and ‘Learning Resource Centre’. To the rear of the building a newly constructed extension will infill the existing loading bay and provide an additional social or break out space for student downtime.
The project is an ambitious undertaking and development priority for the College. It combines a complex mix of new build extension at ground and fourth floor, the construction of a new principal stair case and lift central to the plan, extensive demolition works, recladding and fit out works and a completely new mechanical and electrical installation to bring the building up to current standards or energy efficiency.
The highlights of the facility include panoramic views over Exeter City Centre from the fourth floor teaching laboratories and the ground floor public spaces benefit from uplifting and generous ceiling heights. A ‘technical aesthetic’ will be used throughout to connect students with the building science around them.
“I have been around many buildings in my time and this is fantastic. What you have done is incredible, and you have done it on an incredibly small budget. For the future of the people of this region there’s nothing more important than education, and this college absolutely typifies that through this development. The world is changing and what people need is skills, and that’s exactly what this centre is providing, particularly in the science and maths area.”
Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter
“The dedicated and easily accessible crime scene with blood splatter wall makes the logistics of delivering these modules so much easier and more enjoyable for the students.
We have subject-specific areas which are dedicated to particular courses whilst also being flexible. There is a range of learning environments to meet a range of learning needs. The care and attention which has gone into the detail of the design means everything is a joy to use and just works efficiently.
James, Biology and Applied Science Teacher