Construction of the new Vardean College STEM Centre is complete and the project has now been handed over.
The £2.9m Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics centre houses four science labs on the ground floor and six classrooms on the first floor. One of the labs and one classroom will be classed as accessible, with the first floor used by the special educational needs unit. The building features an eye-catching atrium and lobby area.
The 2-storey building has been constructed using a steel frame with composite concrete upper floor. The ground floor is suspended reinforced concrete, supported on reinforced concrete beams and piles.
Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services for the project, working alongside architects The Seaman Partnership and M&E engineers Crofton Consulting. Pilbeam Construction was the main project contractor.
As with the majority of our large scale projects, we carried out all structural engineering in Revit and worked collaboratively with the design team within the BIM environment.
In terms of engineering, the project presented a rather unusual challenge as the new building is located directly above a network of WWII air raid shelters! So the structure was designed to bridge over the shelters and as shallow as possible to avoid making contact with them.
It has been a pleasure to be involved in an education project that will support and encourage budding engineers in Brighton and Hove.
We wish Varndean College every success with the official opening of the new building, which due to take place on 24 April but has understandably been postponed until further notice.
Image credits: Varndean College, Pilbeam Construction