Richmond College upon Thames | London
In the west of Greater London, Twickenham, a new building has been erected for Richmond upon Thames College.
Modern, versatile and socially engaged
The campus includes state-of-the-art classrooms, digital and graphics training rooms, an auditorium for 160 people and facilities for TV, drama, photography, dance and music, among others. There is also an art gallery where local artists and photographers can exhibit their work, and meeting spaces have been created for local entrepreneurs, giving the college a social function as well.
This new school building has been given a sleek modern façade by Sorba. The façade is made of the aluminium composite material Alpolic. The complete school building was designed by Atkins Architects and built by main contractor ISG.
Sleek appearance in 2 colours
In this project, Sorba applied the aluminium composite material Alpolic in two colours: The anodised natural mill finish and coated Alpolic with a bronze colour. The majority of the facade has been given this silver-coloured cladding. This cladding was mounted on the steel frame construction of a third party. Despite the large size of these panels, the finish is very sleek. The bronze-coated Alpolic is located around the facades in the top floor of the building.
Development of the nearly 9-hectare site began in 2018 . The first phase of the project was completed in 2020, in the same year the construction of the new school building was also completed. First students moved into the new building in March 2020, the entire project is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Already a great appreciation for Richmond upon Thames college
The entire project can already boast a nice appreciation, in October 2021 Richmond upon Thames college won the “Project of the Year Award” from the Education Estates Awards for the project. One of the reasons is that the College has made a significant difference to the educational experiences and research opportunities of its students.
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