The Sheffield University Technical College is located on the region's visionary Olympic Legacy Park which used to house the Don Valley Stadium complex.
Building on the success of the existing city centre campus the second UTC opened in September 2016, specialising in human computing science education for 600 students aged 14 - 19. With the focus on the layout and efficiency of the design, the new college would provide a unique experience for students to study adjacent to elite athletes and professional sports people.
The building design would need to involve the use of products that would provide a quality architectural finish while also providing excellent acoustic properties and thermal performance. The design needed to emulate the appearance of a rainscreen, with discrete vertically laid joints.
The client wanted their new training centre to have an impressive design that would integrate seamlessly with the Olympic Legacy Park concept. With strict funding limitations and a tight programme for delivery this proved a challenge.
One potential solution was a built-up system, although this would more than double the cost of installation. The budget and timescale wouldn't accommodate this, and it was decided that a single installation approach would provide a more cost effective alternative.
Peter Severn, Project Technical at Bond Bryan, was clear about the challenge: 'We knew we needed to install a vertical-look panel system that would perform well and that wouldn't need to be decorated later. Our aim was to give the building a striking look while keeping within the budget.'
And, when explaining why Eurobond products were right for this build, Peter said: 'By using Eurobond's products we achieved weather tightness very early on in the building programme which meant more efficiency in the design, and minimised any additional steel work.'
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|Client||Don Valley UTC Academy Trust|
|Architect||Bond Bryan Architects|
|Main Contractor||BAM Construction|
|Colour||Colorcoat Prisma® Helios and Slate Grey|