Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Bruce Raw
Project Managers: AA Projects
Services Engineers: Couch Perry Wilkes
Civil/Structural Engineers: Sinclair Knight Merz
Contractor: Miller Construction
Construction Value: £35 million
Completion Date: 2012
Gross Internal Floor Area: 18,700 square metres
Our involvement began with Strategic Consultancy. The College had devised a provisional estates strategy based upon refurbishment. However we demonstrated the potential deficiencies of this solution and then worked with the College to secure funding for a new building. The original 1960’s college campus was in the heart of the town; an anonymous group of buildings crowded onto a very prominent and accessible site. We started by looking at other sites but in the end, if we were to do our best by Hartlepool, there was only one answer. A new curved structure was shoehorned alongside the existing active buildings; once complete demolition of the old exposed this shining new beacon of Further Education.
Despite the constraints, the design is an elegant and highly flexible solution. The curving block has a continuous tall mall running through its centre. The 4-storey building creates a distinctive landmark and accommodates specialist facilities, including hospitality, aeronautical engineering and motor vehicle. A lower 3-storey element corresponds to the scale of the adjacent historic town centre and accommodates laboratories, studios and general teaching spaces.
Andrew Steel, Assistant Principal, Hartlepool College of Further Education