Client: Loughborough College
Completion: July 2014
Services: Structural Engineering
We were appointed on this £30 million project to design a major new campus building, with separate Nursery and Basic Skills Centre for 14 to 16 year olds. We took the project from Stage C to completion and have undertaken a comprehensive review of the structural proposals resulting in redesigning the initial steel proposal with an insitu concrete flat slab arrangement.
The key to the main building is energy efficiency particularly in relation to cooling in summer and the use of thermal mass of the structure is a key element of this strategy. With a 600mm zone for the access floor the use of downstands, as is required for a steel framed solution, would have a dramatic effect on the height of the building.
The main campus building also features a very large atrium space with a 36m span for the roof structure and some impressive 12m long cantilevers for the bris solie.