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STEM Skills Centre, Middlesbrough College
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre is a three storey, steel framed building which combines classroom space with workshop, production and manufacturing areas, ICT Suites, cafe and break out areas incorporating logistics yard, service access road and hard and soft landscaping.
The area around the site used to be the main dock area of Teesside and is now the focus of regeneration, bringing education and industry to the area by the local authority. The site of the new STEM Skills Centre is located on the reclaimed Middlehaven Dock, with a leg of the filled dock projecting beneath the footprint of the building. The project was completed in three phases. Phase 1 was the construction of the floodlit Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and all associated equipment, external works and drainage.
Phase 2 involved the design and construction of the externals and the Heartspace landscaping area between the STEM Skills Centre and the existing college. The Heartspace is designed to be a college green with outdoor seating, amphitheatre seating, exercise trail with outdoor gym equipment, footpaths, external lighting and soft landscaping. Phase 3 saw the construction of the STEM Skills Centre. Continuous Flight Auger (CFA).
The building footprint is 2500m2 and is of steel frame construction with external facing decorative block work and multi effect cladding including translucent and coloured panels.
There is a single main entrance situated on the main pedestrian route from the town centre and railway station and is a large open plan area which offers an informal social and waiting area and exhibition space. The ground floor is predominantly occupied by the large scale workshop spaces and refectory. The first floor is occupied by functional spaces such as staffroom, classrooms, electrical servicing workshop and breakout space. The second floor is occupied by further classrooms, theory rooms, IT Suites, conference room and lecture theatres.
The project was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. We achieved a score of 41 out of 50 which is significantly higher than the national average of 35. We scored 9 out 10 in the respect for the community category and 8 out of 10 for the remaining 4 categories.
The building is BREEAM Excellent rated and has an energy performance rating of B. To achieve these ratings the building incorporates high performing insulation to improve the thermal comfort of the building and reduce the need for supplementary heating. Acoustic flooring and wall partitions have been used to insulate the different learning spaces from external noise but also internal noise from other classrooms and teaching spaces. Solar hot water panels to the roof along with Solar Photovoltaic Panels and a wind turbine were installed to contribute to the buildings electricity supply. A rainwater harvesting system was installed to flush the toilets throughout the building and for use in the service yard. Low flow and low water fittings were used on all sanitary ware. The building also utilised low energy lighting solutions throughout.
This is an excellent site in all aspects. The Aims and Objectives of the Considerate Constructors Scheme are being met in abundance in all of the sections evaluated.”- Peter Crane, Considerate Constructors Scheme Auditor