“Living wall” installed as Lancashire Energy HQ nears completion

Published on 08/05/2017 by pfi

A new “living wall” has been installed on the new Lancashire Energy HQ, as construction work nears completion.

The distinctive installation is made up of a wide variety of plants to reflect the campus’ agenda, which will include renewable and low-carbon energy generation as well as supporting oil and gas training.

Duncan Barnes, Head of Energy Training & Development at B&FC, said:

“As with our Advanced Technology Centre at Bispham Campus, the design brief for Lancashire Energy HQ was to attain a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating, which reflects the campus’ work on renewable and low carbon energy.

“The workrooms are spacious and one area will in fact fit a full-sized entire wind turbine inside, so students will be able to train on industry equipment that they will work on in real-world scenarios when they leave College.

“The campus will be truly cutting edge when it opens and includes the sector’s largest nuclear and renewable simulator; three large engineering and renewable technologies workshops; a metals engineering laboratory; a purpose-built welding facility and a learning resource centre equipped with Auto CAD software.

“Lancashire Energy HQ is a purpose-built facility which boasts all the latest technology and equipment, as well as expert staff who have solid industry backgrounds and up-to-date knowledge of their areas.

“As one of four energy hubs being developed across the UK, Lancashire Energy HQ is a centre of national importance and will allow us to enhance our Ofsted Outstanding programmes, which are designed in conjunction with major national employers across the sector to ensure students are prepared for successful careers in industry.”

Duncan Barnes, Head of Energy Training & Development at B&FC
Duncan Barnes, Head of Energy Training & Development at B&FC

BREEAM measures the sustainable value of buildings in categories ranging from energy to ecology. Categories include low impact design and carbon emissions reduction, design durability and resilience, adaption to climate change and ecological value and biodiversity protection.

To achieve the BREEAM Excellent sustainability standard the new campus includes a range of measures including solar electricity generation and rainwater harvesting.

Lancashire Energy HQ offers safety, regulatory and environmental protection training programmes at a variety of levels to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers in areas such wind and tidal, renewables and oil and gas.

The builder of Lancashire Energy HQ – Bardsley Construction – is expected to hand over the keys for the building in the coming weeks, with students due to begin classes at the campus in September.

Visit www.blackpool.ac.uk to learn about studying for careers in the energy industry at Blackpool and The Fylde College and Lancashire Energy HQ.

The completed “living wall” at Lancashire Energy HQ
The completed “living wall” at Lancashire Energy HQ