COWA - New Teaching Block
College of West Anglia
The new University Centre West Anglia at the Kings Lynn Campus created up to 500 additional students across West Norfolk and Fenland, a recognised 'cold-spot' for higher education participation. £6.5m of funding was secured by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Governments Growth Deal. The 2,000 m2 building houses full and part-time higher level education and training. It provides a high quality teaching and learning facility across a range of areas which wasn't previously available within a 40 mile radius.
The project has created a two-storey teaching block incorporating 14 digital classrooms, a 120 seat multi-media lecture theatre, social space, IT rooms, a suite of meeting rooms and open plan post graduate areas. The fully glazed atrium houses an impressive reception area as well as a hub for conferences and exhibitions. The lecture theatre is a stunning rain screen clad section of the building which projects out of the curtain walling. Externally is a small car park and additional cycle storage for 56 bikes.
The scheme was delivered through the NEC 3 Option A design and build form of contract. This collaborative approach helped us to work as a team and develop the design to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent'. The BREEAM 'Excellent' rating was achieved by having a 'super insulated' envelope, using low carbon technology and a complex BMS system to monitor and adjust water and heat requirements. The landscaping scheme was designed to improve the natural biodiversity.