The provision of the new East Riding College Campus within the Flemingate Development in Beverley creates a state of the art learning environment which enables the College to maintain and enhance its record of learning and achievement well into the twenty first century.
The contract was procured with Houlton through the YORbuild framework, which provides public and third sector organisations with access to high quality construction firms.
The cost of the campus was met by the College, together with a £2m capital grant from the Skills Funding Agency and £1m from the European Regional Development Fund.
The College accommodation also includes associated external space for social interaction, parking and hard landscaping, plus provision for future expansion.
The new building is a high quality, interesting and dynamic building providing a valuable addition to Beverley whilst emphasising the presence of the College locally. It is a landmark building linking the Flemingate Development to the town centre and clearly advertising its presence and its offer to the community.
The College’s accommodation provides facilities for curriculum areas of Hair & Beauty, Hospitality & Leisure, Engineering Workshop, Art Design & Media, Early Years & Care, Foundation Programmes, Humanities, ICT & Business, Functional Skills, General Teaching Rooms, ICT Rooms, Learning resource Centre. Support areas include Staff Workrooms & Offices, Learner Services, Administration Areas, Directors Suite, Large Multi-Function/Social Space, Refectory & Kitchens and Ancillary Accommodation.
One key element is the Energy Technology Centre, which provides facilities for small to medium enterprises, corporate support services and links to training across a range of business, energy and environmental services. It offers a unique conference and business location in Beverley, with facilities including an 80-seat conference facility and self-contained office space. A showcase of energy technology solutions is also available for companies seeking to improve energy efficiencies in the workplace.
The architects, Jefferson Sheard Architects, have designed a highly environmentally friendly building and the campus will earn an "excellent" rating under the national assessment scheme for sustainable buildings.
The "green" elements of the building include photovoltaic (solar) cells to generate electricity, air source heat pumps and a biomass boiler to reduce the use of fossil fuels in heating the building and rain water harvesting to flush the toilets.
The boundary wall to the south and east of the site has been retained with a cantilevered scaffold support system during foundation construction and then incorporated into the new building. It is believed that the wall marks the line of the large walled garden to the nearby 600 year old Dominican Friary which has been restored and is now a YHA Youth Hostel.
The new Campus building was Commended at the RICS Awards Yorkshire & Humber held in May 2016.