Stephen George & Partners, Kent, 2011


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  • Location plan    
  • Site plan    
  • Plant level plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    
  • Section E-E    
  • Nort east and south west elevations    
  • North west and south east elevations    

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.


  • 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

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