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NEWS: Architects Journal – “Coffey Architects picked to design £9m Norwich digital tech hub”

This article was originally published on Architects Journal on 3 July 2019. Find the original article here.

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.’

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NEWS: Building Design – “Coffey Architects wins Norwich college job”

This article was originally published on Building Design on 3 July 2019. Find the original article here.

Coffey Architects has been appointed to design a £9.1m digital technology hub for Norwich City College. It follows hot on the heels of the YAYA winner’s planning consent for another education project – an elliptical reading room on the top of City University’s library. Currently called the Digi-Tech Factory, the Norwich project will house the college’s full- and part-time technology, engineering and design courses in one building.

Coffey teamed up with local architect James Lee Burgess on its proposals which use the practices’ own research into light and materiality to create what they called a “sustainable and lucent learning environment”. The design includes a three-storey building with a sawtooth roofline, wrapped in a perforated screen façade with a large entry canopy. The project will also include the creation of pedestrianised walkways and a spacious square on the campus. The aim is also to improve physical and visual connections between campus and landscape.

Designs will be submitted for planning approval shortly, with completion slated ahead of the 2020-21academic year.

Coffey project director Lee Marsden said: “The Digi-Tech Factory is an extremely exciting project for our studio. 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.”