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Stephen George completes £5 million 'green' construction academy

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[First look + plans + project data] Stephen George & Partners has completed this £5million sustainable construction training and research centre in Dartford

The practice claims the 88.85 per cent score notched up following a recent BREEAM Education 2008 design stage assessment is the highest ‘score ever achieved for an education building’.

Backed by Dartford Borough Council, ProLogis and North West Kent College, the 2,700m2 SusCon academy unsurprisingly netted a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating.

The building has been designed ‘as a learning tool [which] offers accredited courses for both building trades and professions’.

Stephen George & Partners has been shortlisted for the AJ100 Most Sustainable Practice of the Year 2011.

Project data

Architects: Stephen George & Partners (Solihull office)
Location: The Bridge, Dartford
Type Of Project: Training and research centre, further and higher education.
Structural Engineers: Rodgers Leask, Derby
Project Architect: James Nicholls, Heike Heinzelmann
Design Team: ProLogis Developments, Barry Chinn Associates, Southam (landscape architects)
Client: Dartford Borough Council, ProLogis Developments Ltd and North West Kent College
Funding: SEEDA (South East England Development Agency), HCA (Housing and Communities Agency), SFA (Skills Funding Agency) via CITB-ConstructionSkills.
Tender date: January 2010
Start on site date: 6 April 2010
Contract duration: 48 weeks
Gross internal floor area: 2677m2
Form of contract and/or procurement: D&BContract
Total cost: £4.975 million       
Planning supervisor:
Aequitas Projects, Northampton
Lighting consultant: N/A
Main contractor: Winvic Construction, Northampton
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Howvale, Nottingham (mechanical services); Lewis & Beddows, Solihull (electrical services); Udox Solutions Ltd, Leeds (thermal modelling); Building Design Consult, Merseyside (concrete frame design); Constructional Timber, Barnsley (timber frame); Norking Aluminium, Doncaster (windows and curtain walling); Bespoke Construction Services, Telford (fit-out)
Annual co2 emissions: 9.40kgCO2/m2.annum

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