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South East Regional College, Newcastle

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Further Education
  • Project Name:
    South East Regional College, Newcastle
  • Client:
    East Down Educational Partnership
  • Location:
    Castlewellan Road, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0UR, N.I.
  • Architect:
    Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLM

Project Overview

The South East Regional Colleges in East Down was part of a project which involved the Design, Build, Finance and Operate 3 no new Colleges in East Down. These are Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle, all with associated external and site development works.

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is a top 20 UK college striving to be a top 20 global college by 2020. With over 30,000 annual enrolments and 1,200 staff, it has been described as the cutting edge college of the Northern Ireland Further Education sector.

This impressive new building accommodates a skills room, IT suites, IT laboratory, craft workshop and a Learning Resource Centre.

We carried out the phased construction within a live campus. The 1,338m² college building also features staircases at either end to link the circulation spaces. Full height glazed windows were applied within the corridors in order to improve lighting throughout the building.

Internal walls were formed from a combination of stud partitions and concrete block, all of which were finished with plaster and painted. Ceiling finishes varied from suspended grid ceilings with infill tiles to plasterboard with skimmed finish. 

Key Features

  • Very Good BREEAM rating
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) Framework Procurement; Bespoke form of contract based on JCT 2002
  • PFI (Private Funding Initiative)
  • New build extension (Design & Build); 2 storey block (1,338m² GFA)
  • Live restricted sloping site adjacent to sports football ground in town centre location
  • Limited working hours; phased construction
  • Facilities includes; an essential skills room, IT suites, IT laboratory, craft workshops, learning resource centre, classrooms & offices
  • Demolitions
  • Full height glazed screens to improve natural lighting
  • Associated hard/soft landscape works with new access roads/footpaths