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BUILDING FOR EDUCATION PROJECT REPORT


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To achieve this, Stride Treglown specified a simple palette of distinctive materials to reference not just the building’s education specialisms but also the neighbouring Trafalgar School and the wider local indus- trial context.


A contrast has been achieved by Stride


Treglown, specifying a light-coloured brick on the lower part of the building beneath a seamed metal material with a brightly coloured finish. When combined, the mate- rials produce a design with a strong, resilient base, and striking top section that the architect uses to reflect the identity of the institution. Pitt continues: “There’s vertical metal cladding that presents a frontage to the London Road with the studios behind it. We’ve also improved the access by remov- ing trees, which improve the visibility to the public. “To give the impression of its scientific


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basis, we went for Vieo cladding. We gave the client various options for the building. We looked at horizontal cladding but that looks too commercial – Vieo looks a bit smarter. “We had a long discussion about the colours and went with grey to start with but colour of the UTC is turquoise and yellow. Everyone felt it needed livening up. “We started off with a grey brick on the plinth but everyone felt the same about the bricks so we went for a buff brick.” The project is on a fast track. Just five months after winning the bid, BAM Construct’s team were on moving on to a tight site to start work.


Before 250 continuous flight augur piles could be sunk, the site had to be surveyed for unexploded bombs.


“Portsmouth was bombed heavily in the


war,” says Matt Crookes, project manager for BAM Construct on the Portsmouth


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The project is due to complete in July 2017, which will be a year after it started on site


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