University Technical Colleges are a key strategic element in ensuring that we will have enough qualified, highly employable young people for the high-technology workplace of the future.
At the Sir Charles Kao UTC building in Harlow, Whitescape installed £1.1m of on-show engineering services to a remarkable design where the entire infrastructure is surface mounted, creating a benchmark and practical learning experience within the technical curriculum. Exposed ducts and cabling leave nowhere to hide, so our work had to be of the highest visual as well as technical quality. The project was completed to a tight deadline, ready for the new academic year. We are confident that this has created not only a great learning space, but a constant inspiration for the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.
How we engineered a great educational environment
Raft lighting combined with radiant panels also act as sound attenuators, making the broad central corridors a comfortable breakout and collaboration area.
Advanced heating and comfort cooling systems control the environment in the spacious implementation, operation and study areas.
Laboratories designed and installed to professional standards give students the incentive to develop their careers in science and technology.
Fully integrated ICT systems throughout the building support state-of-the art interactive whiteboards and visualisation suites.
The building management system acts as a teaching aid, allowing students to monitor the use of energy in real time.
“This project was challenging for all of us. As main contractors, we had a really innovative concept to deliver. Whitescape have the experience and flexibility to handle situations you don’t usually encounter in conventional structures. They are sticklers for quality, and the result looks fantastic.”
Andy Roskilly – Building Services Manager BAM
Jim Bluck – Project Manager BAM