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Coffey Architects picked to design £9m Norwich digital tech hub

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Norwich City College has appointed Coffey Architects to design a £9.1million digital technology hub

Dubbed The Digi-Tech Factory, the 2,610m² scheme will house the college’s full and part-time technology, engineering and design courses.

The three-storey block, which has been designed with local architect James Lee Burgess, features a sawtooth roofline and will be clad in a perforated screen façade with a large entry canopy.

According to Coffey Architects, the project will ’add to the already thriving digital tech sector in Norfolk and Suffolk by supporting the teaching and research of nearly 500 students’.

A planning application is set to be submitted in the coming weeks and, subject to approval, the project is scheduled to start on site next March.

Last month the practice won the go-ahead for one of the the firm’s first in the higher education sector – a rooftop extension to the library at City, University of London.

Project director Lee Marsden described the Norwich scheme as ’an extremely exciting project for [the] studio’ adding: ‘Our higher education portfolio has been growing steadily, and the opportunity to create such an innovative and important building for Norwich City College further stimulates our passion for light and spaces of learning.’

Coffey architects the digi tech factory for norwich college (5)

Coffey architects the digi tech factory for norwich college (5)

Project data

Architect Coffey Architects
Client Norwich City College
Type of project Digital technology hub
Structural engineer Clancy Consulting
M&E consultant Clear Consulting and Design
QS Real Consulting
Planning consultant Lanpro
Landscape consultant Lanpro
Approved building inspector Build Insight
Gross internal floor area 2,610m²
Form of contract Design and Build
Cost £9.1million
Start on site March 2020
Completion May 2021

190703 axo diagram 2 coffey norwich

190703 axo diagram 2 coffey norwich

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