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- Begun: Apr 2010
- Completed: Feb 2011
- Floor area: 2,677m2
- Sector: Education
- Total cost: £5M
- Funding: SEEDA (South East England Development Agency), HCA (Housing and Communities Agency), SFA (Skills Funding Agency) via CITB-ConstructionSkills
- Tender date: Jan 2010
- Procurement: D&BContract
- CO2 Emissions: 7.9kg/m2/year
- Address: The Bridge, Marsh Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5PF, United Kingdom
- Architect: Stephen George & Partners
- Client: Dartford Borough Council, ProLogis Developments Ltd, North West Kent College
- Planning supervisor: Aequitas Projects
- Structural engineer: Rodgers Leask
- Mechanical services: Howvale, Nottingham
- Electrical services: Lewis & Beddows
- Landscape architect: Barry Chinn Associates
- Ecologist: FPCR Environment & Design Ltd
- Breeam assessor: Eight Associates
- Main contractor: Winvic
- Project manager: ProLogis
Sustainable construction training and research centre which will promote learning and skills in sustainable construction
The college, which achieved a rating of BREEAM outstanding at design stage, has been designed as a learning tool and contains a range of sustainable measures.
The building uses passive measures to maximise daylight and control solar gain and has a highly insulated airtight external envelope. Responsible sourcing was with emphasis on materials with low toxicity and high recycled content. With the exception of WCs and showers, the building is naturally ventilated.
Renewable energy is provided by a biomass boiler and there is provision for future photovolactics, including solar thermal, on the southwest facing roof. All urinals are waterless and rain water is harvested for toilet flushing. Extensive sub-metering will facilitate post-occupancy monitoring.