Ayrshire College Kilmarnock, Building, Campus, Teaching and Learning Facility

Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus

Strathclyde Higher Education Development design by Keppie architects

3 Dec 2015

Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus Building

Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus

Design: Keppie, architects


3rd December 2015 – Due to open in May 2016, Ayrshire College’s £50m Kilmarnock Campus has just achieved the highest vailable BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ at design stage and is on target to translate the achievement to the post construction phase. The new Campus will provide a state of the art teaching and learning facility that will transform the physical and learning landscape in Kilmarnock and will provide a catalyst for the egeneration of the wider area.

Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus

Sustainability forms a primary driver of the brief for the new College and passive techniques, to incorporate natural daylight and ventilation to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, have informed the design of spaces throughout the building. The building also makes use of night cooling by using the exposed oncrete soffits to enhance thermal comfort.

Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus

A variety of renewable technologies have been incorporated into the design, including a 600kW biomass boiler and 330sqm of photovoltaic panels, to provide low carbon heating, domestic hot water and electricity, along with heat pumps which supply a high efficiency cooling system.

Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus

Keppie Divisional Director Ryan Sylvester, who also led the original design proposals with RMJM, says:
“This is a fantastic achievement for our team and is of strategic importance not just to Keppie but to the wider learning community in Scotland. There are only a few examples in Scotland of educational buildings which have achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and securing this rating for the Kilmarnock Campus at design stage, is testament to the dedication and determination of the whole Keppie team.”

About Keppie Design
Keppie are one of the UK’s leading, independent architectural practices offering services in architecture, interior design and planning. Headquartered in Glasgow, the company employs over 160 people in studios based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen, Belfast and Manchester. For further information please see here: http://www.keppiedesign.co.uk/

Keppie count some of the UK’s top public and private sector companies amongst their Clients and operate across he UK and internationally. Further information can be found at www.keppiedesign.co.uk

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