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Atkins' lucky LSC project starts on site

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Lowestoft Sixth Form College, one of the few projects to come through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funding debacle, has started on site

Atkins, the architects behind the £23 million scheme, claim the building will consume 67 per cent less energy and produce 62 percent less carbon emissions per year compared to recently built FE Colleges.

This is achieved through a ‘high-performance thermal envelope’, a concrete structure and background ventilation ‘with cooling and heating delivered via earth tubes’.

Julian Sutherland, Atkins’ director of sustainability said: ‘This is a simple, robust building which will stand the test of time.

‘The low carbon strategy is deliberately embedded into the very fabric of the building, minimising the risk of it being value engineered out at a later stage. ‘

The college has been designed for nearly a thousand 16 – 18 year old learners and is being funded by the LSC with a capital contribution also being made by Suffolk County Council.  

The scheme was one of the ‘lucky ones’ to keep going through the collapse of the LSC budget which saw around 170 concept designs ditched as funds dried up due to a dramatic overspend.

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