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Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt completes £8m teaching block

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Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt has unwrapped this £8 million teaching block and performance centre at Redbridge College in Romford, Essex


The two new buildings form part of the college’s Chadwell Heath masterplan and are designed to improve the public presence of the campus. 

The 475m2 performance centre fronts onto the surrounding heath extending it into the campus by an avenue of trees and informal paths through raised banks and grassy mounds. 

The theatre building includes music recording studios, teaching spaces and a 254-seat performance space which doubles up as a hall. 

Conceived as an elevated translucent box sitting on a brick plinth, the building is clad in coloured semi-transparent glazing. 

The 1,930m2 teaching block echoes the campus’ existing buildings in its form while materials including dark grey rainscreen cladding, black brickwork and brightly coloured window frames, bring a modern look.

Redbridge College by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Redbridge College by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Source: Andy Matthews

Performance centre

Project data

Location Romford, Essex
Type of project further education
Client Redbridge College
Architect Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
Landscape architect (hard) Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
Landscape architect (soft) Ground Control
Planning consultant Resolution Planning
Structural engineer Hambleton Partnership
M&E consultant Michael Jones & Associates
Quantity surveyor Woodley Coles
Project manager Fusion Project Management
BREEAM assessor Ingleton Wood
Main contractor Lakehouse
Funding partial SFA Funding £2.43 million
Appointment competition
Tender date August 2014
Start on site date December 2014
Completion date November 2015
Contract duration 14 months
Gross internal floor area 1,930m2 (teaching block) 475m2 (performance space)
Form of contract JCT Design & Build 2011
Total cost £8 million

Redbridge College by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Redbridge College by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Source: Andy Matthews

Teaching block


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