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Niven Architects to extend Middlesbrough College
WORK is about to begin on the further expansion of a rapidly developing college.
Just a year after handing over the purpose-built sixth form centre to Middlesbrough College, Niven Architects is leading the way with another major extension.
Within weeks work on a brand new £2.5m wing will see the addition of a further 13 classrooms and a science laboratory as part of the £20m development of the college.
The hi-tech and environmentally friendly extension will accommodate another 400 students bringing to 800 the capacity of the sixth form.
Simon Crowe, a director of the Darlington-based regional practice, which works on projects all over the country, said: “We have built up considerable expertise in the area of education provision over the years and we are always thrilled when clients come back to us because that affirms the quality of our work.
“The original scheme was designed so further expansion would be relatively straight forward but I think everyone has been surprised about the demand for places and to be returning to the site just over a year after we handed over the original sixth form centre.”
Fellow director Siobhan MacMahon, of Durham, added: “The design has come together really well and the sixth form sits beautifully on the college campus. We have designed it with even more expansion in mind as students flock to the college realising it is an exciting place to study.”
The sixth form centre is on the site of an ancient maritime factory breathing contemporary life into an historic setting.
Nivens weaved the listed facade of an old sail making works into a modern sixth form centre to meet higher than ever demand for places.
Phase one, worth £4.8m, injected new hope into the continued development of the Middlehaven site, in Middlesbrough, which has faced a number of setbacks over the years.
Two walls were listed for their heritage and were incorporated into a more contemporary design featuring a red cube.
Phase two will begin on site in October with work expected to be completed by summer 2014 in time for next year’s intake of students.
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