Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus. Ramboll
As one of the largest providers of further education in South West Scotland, the new £50m higher education campus, which is scheduled to open in May 2016, is intended to transform the physical and learning landscape of Kilmarnock. Ramboll is providing structural and services engineering, fire, sustainability and BREEAM services on the project.
The STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) facility provides state-of-the-art vehicle maintenance, joinery and building workshops with further vocational facilities such as working beauty salons, training kitchens and restaurants.
Designed by architects RMJM and Keppie, this low energy building utilises a ‘Fabric First Approach’. Spaces which could be naturally ventilated with openable windows have been strategically positioned on external façades to maximise the use of natural ventilation and to minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions. In addition, the building makes use of night cooling by using exposed concrete soffits to enhance thermal comfort while its envelope is designed to optimise glazing performance by reducing solar gains and maximising natural light.
Another key contributor in achieving the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating is the use of a variety of renewable technologies. These include a 600kW biomass boiler and 330sqm of photovoltaic panels, which provide low carbon heating, domestic hot water and electricity, and heat pumps which supply a high efficiency cooling system.
Glasgow Director Bill Haggart says: “This project is of strategic importance to Ramboll in Scotland and the client continues to be satisfied with the coordinated approach which contributed hugely to us winning it. There are currently only a few examples of educational buildings in Scotland which have achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and securing this rating for the Kilmarnock Campus at design stage is testament to the dedication and determination of our team.”