Location: Ponteland, Northumberland
Client: Northumberland/Sunderland College
Architect: Seymour Architecture
Main Contractor: Engie Construction
Scope: Civil & Structural Engineering Design
Contract Value: £1.5 million
As part of an extensive redevelopment programme across the wider Kirkley Hall Campus, the Kielder Building will be extended to provide 800m2 of teaching facilities set across two floors designated specifically for students with special educational needs and disabilities.
The building will include sensory rooms, a modern and innovative life skills zone that is intended to allow students to develop their independence, and an employability hub to support their progression.
The structure will follow the same principles of the original building as much as possible, for example steel framed structure with suspended ground floor, suspended concrete first floor slab designed to act compositely with steel beams, and a duo-pitched roof with overhanging eaves.
The extension will be L-shaped meaning coordination of columns and cranked beams was critical to ensure stability of the building and ensure the hip and valley beams were fully supported.