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Barking and Dagenham College

1.0 Summary

Barking & Dagenham College in east London has been serving its community since the early 1960s. Ensuring facilities are industry standard means development and refurbishment projects are frequent. The Jubilee Building project involved the complete transformation of the campus frontage and the creation of new flagship facilities, including:

  • The Street: a wide thoroughfare welcoming students and visitors
  • Maths & English Hub: an open plan training space
  • Coffee Shop and Chef’s Hat restaurant: commercial and training facilities open to the public
  • A double-height Learning Resource Centre including a public library
  • A Gazelle STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Centre opened in October 2013 by Carol Vorderman MBE. It is the only Gazelle STEM Centre within the M25 and provides a creative space to showcase STEM training and careers
  • Siemens Mechantronics Academy: Opened by Lord Baker in February 2015, the Academy was developed with grant assistance from the Edge Foundation
  • Retail outlets where student businesses can trade and grow
  • iCreate@ our 1,000 square metre open plan digital creative zone.

The project objectives were:

  • To develop a state-of-the-art, purpose-built creative space to showcase the many skills and careers built on science, technology, engineering and maths
  • To transform Further Education (FE), developing new commercial learning models and innovative partnerships
  • To run special STEM skills activity days for College students and local schools
  • To refurbish and modernise the existing Category C, 1960s “A Block” Building located at the front of the College
  • To replace the existing Category D, 1960s “B Block” workshops and classrooms (2,317m2 of property) with 1,383m2 of new workshops of sustainable classrooms and workshops

Project Facts

  • Area: Refurbishment of c.3,100sqm and new build of 1,383sqm
  • Project cost: £875,000
  • Start on site: April 2012
  • Completion: 18 months – October 2013

College frontage

2.0 Description and Information
3.0 The Story of the Project
4.0 Design, Briefing and Pre-Construction
5.0 Lessons Learnt