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Derby College campus by Maber Architects

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[First look] Maber Architects has completed its £48 million revamp and extension of Derby College’s vocational campus

Part new build, part restoration programme, the 18,000m² scheme centres around the renovation of the Grade-II listed Roundhouse (built in 1839) – the world’s earliest train-turning building.

The 40m-wide, 16-sided polygonal landmark with its 12m diameter turntable has become the campus’ ‘social hub’ and is open to the college’s 2,500 students and the general public.

Next door, the former Carriage Shop houses the library and learning resources centre as well as a multi-purpose theatre.

Meanwhile the Stephenson building, named after the famous railway engineer George Stephenson and previously known as the Annex, is home to the college’s construction, hair and beauty and art courses.

The new Kirtley building, which is coated in chameleon-like dichroic film, houses the college’s engineering department.

While the Francis Thompson building, named after the original architect of the site, contains the college’s office accommodation.

Ian Harris, a director at maber architects, said: ‘The Roundhouse has such a colourful and interesting history and we felt it important to reflect this in its redesign by creating a vibrant dialogue between the restored historic buildings of the railway works and our contemporary new buildings and insertions.’

Project data

Type of Project: Further Education College campus
Structural Engineers: BWB
Project Architect: maber architects
Design Team: Armsons (cost consultants & PM), imtech G&H (M&E design), Arup Acoustics, Arup Fire, munro+whitten (landscape), maber interiors (interior design)
Client: Derby College
Funding: Derby College and other public sector (Learning & Skills council, HLF, EMDA, DDEP)
Tender date: September 2006
Start on site date: September 2007
Contract duration: 22 months
Gross internal floor area: 18,393 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: traditional; JCT98 Private without quantities
Total cost: contract value £32.5 million; project cost £46 million
M&E consultant: Imtech & G&H & Hilton Building Services
Quantity surveyor: Armsons
Lighting consultant: Imtech & G&H
Main contractor: Bowmer & Kirkland
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Imtech & G&H & Hilton Building Services (M&E), 360 degrees (furniture), Beech restoration (specialist masonry), Komfort (structural glass), Dorothea Restoration (cast iron window restoration), Caliba (signage), Norwood Partition Solutions (classroom pods), Martin Brooks Roofing (roofing), Quadriga (specialist timber repairs), The Rooflight Company (rooflights)
Annual CO2 emissions: Existing range of buildings = 377821 kg CO2/year or 377.8 tonnes/year
New Stephenson building = 105336 kg CO2/year or 105.3 tonnes/year

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