DarntonB3 have worked as Architect for Cornwall College on a number of projects and were previously appointed to a framework agreement for architecture. Cornwall College is a provider of Further and Higher Education courses and is based across nine sites across Cornwall.
The firm has been responsible for developing proposals for several new build and refurbishment projects including the rationalisation of existing multi-departmental buildings together with new-build and refurbishment elements.
All projects have been designed to greatly increase energy efficiency and to achieve BREEAM ratings. Environmentally sustainable design features include:
• Bio-mass boilers.
• Rainwater harvesting.
• Photovoltaic panels.
• Natural ventilation
• Anti-glare glazing.
• Water leak prevention.
• Low energy lighting.
• Timber frame construction.
• Offsite construction elements including SIPS structural timber solution.
The building was entirely refurbished, removing and relocating most of the internal walls, and overcladding the external walls with a mixture of slate, timber and render finishes. Extensive landscaping work is also being carried out to improve the disabled access to the building.
DarntonB3 initially took the project from feasibility to Planning Consent and were subsequently then novated to the main contractor for the design and build delivery of the scheme.
The centre includes:
• General teaching rooms and lecture theatre.
• Animal care laboratories.
• a dog grooming facility which is open to the public.
• an exotic animals room for the care and study of reptiles, amphibians and the like.
We took the project to SFA funding level and were then employed again to be novated to main contractor for the production of construction details.
The workshops are steel frame construction, with composite panels with timber fixed externally. The design of the building creates 943m2 of internal space, through 2-storey areas.
Five large workshops include welding bays and vehicle lifts, with a high focus on the skills required to manage an estate, including tractor and vehicle maintenance. Further facilities include staff offices.
The listed barn is converted to create general teaching spaces and lecture theatres at ground floor, with staff offices located at first floor level.