Going back to school

Hertfordshire-based engineering consultancy, Faber Maunsell, has won a contract to provide project support for the £23m Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

Designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects, the centre will have the capacity to house up to 1,000 students in a combination of new and old buildings linked by an atrium structure featuring a curved curtain wall system.

The project will be undertaken in two stages with Faber Maunsell responsible for the design of the steel frame structure, foundations and retaining walls as well as the provision of geotechnical and drainage designs to refurbish the old buildings.

Peter Drenon, operations director for Faber Maunsell in the north, said: ‘This is a challenging scheme that plays to our strengths as multi-discipline consultants.

‘The tiered lecture theatre area, the sloping site and problems associated with matching the existing building levels with the new ground slab levels, are being addressed by a perimeter retaining wall system.

‘We are currently producing drawings for construction following a value engineering exercise and confirmation of funding.

‘Ground works are already underway and construction will be taking place over the coming months.

‘It is envisaged that the scheme will achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.’