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Erne Campus Update 17/10/19

The target completion date for our Erne Campus is 6th August 2020, in time for the first intake of students in September 2020. The Contractor is on target to achieve this date and work on site is progressing at a great rate. The building is already taking shape as an iconic part of the Enniskillen landscape, and now we can reveal what some of the interior of the campus will look like.

The new college building is designed over four floor levels. The top two floors are 180 metres in length, from one end to the other (no difficulty in clocking up your 10,000 daily steps there!). The First floor footprint is smaller than the levels above, at 126 metres in length, and the ground floor is smaller again, at 72metres. This is due to the fact that the site is sloping and the building responds to its setting by stepping down the slope.

An atrium with a highest point of fifteen metres runs the length of the building, overlooking the town and forming the main circulation route through the building. All other routes, teaching areas, office areas and ancillary areas are organised around this multi height space. The atrium forms a dynamic route through the college with visual interest provided by projecting overhead balconies, routes overlooking the space and seating areas traversing the void.

The roof is now completed, with photovoltaic panels installed along its length. The glazed curtain walling is complete to the south elevation overlooking the town and most of the glazing has been completed to the north elevation, facing onto the main college carpark, where brickwork is also completed. Vertical cladding panels are now being applied to the remainder of the façade providing a contrast to the horizontality of the brickwork. Due to the proximity of the Old Workhouse on the same site, the colour of the brickwork in the new Erne Campus has been chosen to sensitively reference it.

We are now at the stage in the Erne Campus’ construction where first fix mechanical and electrical services are being installed. Installation of these services is almost complete on the 2nd floor, which is accessed directly from the college carpark. This building is targeting the highest levels of accreditation available for Passivhaus and BREEAM, Passivhaus Premium and BREEAM Outstanding, and as such necessitates a complexity of mechanical and electrical services to heat and cool the building. Most of these services are located directly on top of the floor slabs and are then sandwiched in a 450mm void between the slab and the raised access floors layered above. The raised access floor is built on vertical supports fixed directly to the floor slab. Additional ventilation services are located beneath the overhead floor slab.

Most of the of internal wall partitions have now been installed on the second floor and it’s exciting to see the interior of the building coming to life, particularly in areas such as Sport, Hair and Beauty. The fitness suite will feature a glazed front, which will provide views over Enniskillen and the Erne River. The Hair and Beauty department are also taking shape with the installation of metal stud internal walls. These departments will comprise two hair salons, two beauty salons, a prep room, reception area and a multi-functional room, which can be used as a nail bar/make up room/project learning room.

This blog will soon feature a fully interactive tour of the future campus so keep an eye out for this so we can keep you up to date with all of the great progress evolving on site!

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