Architectural firm Broadway Malyan has completed the new £43m campus of Furness College in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.
Furness College now features 14,500m² of new build facilities in addition to 4,000m² of existing facilities, which have been refurbished, and new sports facilities.
The new campus has been completed in five years in a phased manner and will bring together all departments under one roof to house 2,500 students and teaching/support staff.
Broadway Malyan said its approach met the challenges presented by the fractured nature of the former college site where courses were being delivered in seven independent buildings.
The architectural firm’s design provides teaching and social areas for users and creates a building that attempts to optimise its location close to the sea front.
Broadway Malyan director of architecture Tim Brown said the company worked closely with the college to realise its vision of uniting the various departments and providing an equality of status across all subjects.
"In addition, our design has incorporated a number of public-facing spaces that help to redefine the college’s relationship with the local community," Brown said.
The external terrace of the facility will allow improved circulation through the site and connects the new and existing buildings.
Broadway Malyan has also redesigned the building’s envelope and covered it in sheet copper to produce a new façade, which will protect the building from hostile coastal weather.
The curved form of the building will provide views across the town of Barrow and Walney Channel.
Furness College is one of 13 further education colleges across the UK to be delivered following the ending of the Learning and Skills Council funding programme.
Image: The new campus at Furness College will bring together all departments under one roof. Photo: Courtesy of Broadway Malyan.