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Truro College in UK opens two new buildings

12 Nov 2012 (Last Updated November 12th, 2012 18:30)

Truro College in Cornwall, UK, has opened two new buildings, constructed at a cost of £10m.

Truro College

Truro College in Cornwall, UK, has opened two new buildings, constructed at a cost of £10m.

The two buildings include The White Building, a new centre for art and design and the Seaton Building, which will host automotive, construction and engineering programmes.

The White Building will feature large teaching studio spaces, a central atrium, a social area with display spaces and a large gallery.

Completion of the new building will allow the college to admit more students in science and technology streams using extra space at the Mylor Building.

Art and design students whose sessions started in September will be moved to the new building.

Seaton Building features a large covered courtyard and workshops with motor vehicle bays to be used by students to learn building and maintenance skills.

Sustainable elements in both the buildings include ground source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting systems, which are built into the ground to reduce the impact on the landscape, and design features which allow natural light into the structure.

Capita Symond had provided project management, structural design, cost management, CDMC and Clerk of Works services for the project.

The project will be funded by the college from its own sources and the UK Skills Funding Agency, which provided a grant in January for the addition of extra workshops and facilities at the Seaton Building.

Photo:The Duke of Gloucester opened two new buildings at Truro College in Cornwall. Photo:Capita Symonds.