Morgan Sindall has been awarded the construction contract for an £18.5m sixth form college in Lowestoft, by Suffolk County Council.
The contractor will design and build the purpose-built facility at the Lowestoft College campus in St Peter’s Street. It will accommodate around 950 pupils and replace the existing sixth forms at three high schools in the town.
With a floor area of 8,027 sq m, the four-storey building will house a large performing arts space, specialist teaching facilities equipped with the latest information technology systems, and learning pods suspended from a central atrium.
Morgan Sindall will also create new car parking facilities and carry out additional landscaping works.
The new sixth form building will achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and will incorporate a number of sustainable features including high levels of insulation, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic technology which converts sunlight to energy.
In addition, Morgan Sindall will create a series of concrete ducts beneath the building to supplement its heating supply with natural thermal energy from the earth’s core.
The project is due to be completed in August 2011.