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The new BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ South Lanarkshire College Low Carbon Teaching Building was officially opened today by Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.
Designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, the building is the first in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the BREEAM 2014 new construction assessment process, and achieved this rating at both design and post-construction stage. It has been deemed to excel in all ten categories under BREEAM (Management, Health + Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use + Ecology, Pollution and Innovation).
The building is adjacent to the main campus in East Kilbride and provides eight classrooms with learning facilities for a range of purposes, from daily teaching of the three main college departments (Business, Care and Construction) to providing facilities and hosting workshops for the local and business communities.
The project team included CCG Scotland (Building Contractors), Will Rudd Davidson (Civil + Structural Engineers), Cundall (Mechanical + Electrical Engineers), Gardiner + Theobald (Project Managers), Doig + Smith (Quantity Surveyors), and BRE Scotland.
Stewart McKillop, Principal of South Lanarkshire College said “We are absolutely delighted that the new building is the first building in the UK to achieve ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM and that the design from ASL produced such a superb building.”
Graham Ross, Project Partner said “It was very rewarding to hear positive feedback on the building at the opening ceremony; especially from the students and staff. We’re proud to be associated with this pioneering project.”
Catherine Cosgrove, Sustainability Accredited Architect at Austin-Smith:Lord, added “Obtaining BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ was a challenge and through teamwork it’s been secured. It’s always a privilege to work with engaged, informed and enthusiastic clients and we’re pleased that the project has met the expectations of the College.”
The project has been shortlisted in the prestigious BREEAM Awards 2016 which showcase some of the finest examples of sustainable buildings from around the world.