We have completed the £4.1m creative arts centre scheme at Uxbridge College

We have completed a major refurbishment and new three-storey extension to the creative arts centre at Uxbridge College, in Park Road, Uxbridge.

The £4.1 million scheme provides new state-of-the-art teaching facilities including practical art studios, display areas, a dark room and an examination hall at the 8,000-student further and higher education college.

On the second floor of the new extension, we have created a large multi-purpose open space which serves as an exhibition hall for showcasing students’ art and as a flexible teaching space.  A key energy-saving feature of the exhibition area is a barrel-vaulted glass roof which maximises natural daylight in the room.  It also has a folding wall system which can be used to create three classrooms or unfolded to form the exhibition area and wall space for the students to display their artwork.

We worked with Uxbridge College and HNW Architects to deliver the refurbishment and expansion project which has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ environmental assessment rating which recognises the building’s energy-efficiency and environmental performance.  Sustainable features of the scheme include the extensive use of LED lighting and solar roof panels to provide the hot water for the building.

“Our project aim was to create the best possible environment for Uxbridge College staff and students,” says Chris Seal, Beard construction manager. “We looked at different designs to see which was the most environmental and sustainable and reused some of the existing structure of the buildings to minimise waste. The state-of-the-art new classrooms, workshops and exhibition area will provide an inspirational new space for students to explore and develop their artistic talent for many generations to come.”

Sara Sands, vice principal – Finance and Corporate Services, said: “Uxbridge College’s new £4.1 million Creative Arts Centre, completed by Beard, is a wonderful addition to our current teaching and learning environment, and we are delighted that the project has been completed on time and to such a high standard. The building works really well for our creative arts students, as well as for others across the college who will benefit from the flexible exhibition space and multi-use hall, both of which provide bright and innovative spaces in which to learn. As London’s number one college for 16-18 and 19 plus students success rates, we value the importance of providing our students with high quality spaces that enhance their learning. Our new centre will continue to ensure that the college is not only fit for purpose for many years to come, but also that our students benefit from fantastic teaching and learning spaces that continue to exceed expectations.”

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