First award for flagship engineering centre

Published: Thursday 3 March 2016

Blackpool and The Fylde College can now boast of an award-winning Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) – less than six months after opening its doors.

This cutting-edge learning environment, created to produce highly-skilled and job-ready engineers, has been named Best New Build in this year’s Blackpool Civic Trust Awards.

The industry-standard facilities inside have been well documented since the official opening in October 2015, but it was the building itself that caught the eye of the Civic Trust judges.

Their criteria was a structure that improved the civic environment of Blackpool, taking into account design, aesthetic appeal, respect for the street scene, accessibility and landscaping.

Designed to be distinctive and yet reflect its campus surroundings, the ATC has strong geometrical elevations that appear to be cut from a template, resulting in a precision engineered façade.

The curved roof and frontage provide interest, complemented by high quality hard and soft landscaping which draw you towards the focal entrance.

This is a highly energy efficient building with renewable technologies such as solar panels to help reduce the College’s carbon footprint, while sustainable materials were used throughout the construction.

A wildflower area was also created to increase biodiversity in the area.

John Pye, Director of Capital Projects at Blackpool and The Fylde College (pictured), said: “We are incredibly proud of the Advanced Technology Centre and the facilities within it and we’re delighted that it has received its first award in such a short space of time.

“Our vision is for a Centre of Excellence for advanced engineering, technology and energy solutions across Lancashire and an essential element of that is a building that reflects the principles being taught inside it.

“Thanks should go to the architect, IBI Group, and the John Turner Construction Group, the project’s main contractor. This is their award as much as ours.”

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