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.”