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Willmott Dixon lands £11m Dorset college scheme

Willmott Dixon has been awarded the contract to build a new performing arts centre and supporting classrooms at Bournemouth & Poole College.

The £11m scheme will include a modern, 136-seat theatre, a digital media centre and new laboratories for health and medical sciences at the college’s North Road campus in Poole.

A landscaped courtyard will also be built between the new and existing buildings, increasing the size of the campus by 4,600 sq m.

It has been designed with sustainability in mind and aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Bournemouth & Poole College principal Lawrence Vincent said: “The North Road site has served us well over many years but the new building, due for completion in 2015, will add enormously to the college learning experience.”

The new building will replace temporary cabins that have been used as classrooms at the site since the 1970s, which will be demolished.

It is jointly funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the college, and has been granted planning approval by Poole Borough Council.

Work is due to begin in March for completion in 2015.

Engineering consultants Ramboll and Arup are also advising on the project.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Tim Baber

    This is how it should be done. The staff seem to be adopting the best practice of monarch programming too, the culmination of 100 years concentrated effort to make things happen the way you are told they should. But safety first architecture dictates its form on the functions expected of it instead of the opposite. I bet there are very few curves and circles here. There ARE no straight lines in nature is a good argument.
    The Monarch Program is more about "do not do " than "can do". Eduction should be a curve ball for the future, not a straight delivery, or why else are so many limited ambition projects succumbing to the Monarch program playing it safe but at the cost of viable freedoms to play, to skirt, to dally, to sit outside the building on a curved maybe enclosed deck viewing the Poole harbour. They missed this chance under Principal Foote. Now they are importing the fractured porticos of Tesco with windows that are no longer open to the real world. Are we talking an edifice for learning or a
    facade for cosplay and constraints worthy of a Monarch controlled BDSM basement. Educare comes from the latin to lead forth to lead out, not to lead in, and fill some quota for squaring circles fit only for enclosure. Tim Baber

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