£53m Kilmarnock Campus throws opens its doors
November 2 2016£53m Kilmarnock campus, situated on the site of a former bottling plant on Hill Street.
The 183,000sq/ft facility has been designed by Keppie on a prominent site next to Kilmarnock railway station and offers students a diverse range of facilities including an IT department, technical workshops, music and drama suites, a sports hall and top of the range 4G football pitch.
Working to a brief that was closer to the Silverburn shopping mall than a standard college the architects have provided a public atrium overlooked by a succession of break-out spaces, a training restaurant, beauty salon and four floors of colour coordinated accommodation.
This serves as a ‘central spine’ from which the body of the campus can be accessed whilst doubling as a focal point and meeting space for staff, students, the public and even local businesses.
Finished in brushed stainless steel alucobond rainscreen cladding and glazing to the front together with an expansive forecourt paved with buff grey sandstone and white concrete trim. A contrasting palette of black aluminium cassettes and brick have been chosen for rear elevations to provide a deliberate contrast.
Originally conceived by BDP the scheme was subsequently taken on by RMJM before Keppie were appointed as delivery architect with McLaughlin & Harvey serving as main contractor.
The campus has attained a BREEAM excellent accreditation and is on target to receive an outstanding rating
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