Hoare Lea appointed to Harrow College

Harrow College is to have a new building by 2010 with a budget of £80m, awarded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). This is the largest amount the LSC, the body that funds further education, has ever approved for a single building project.
Hoare Lea has been commissioned to provide mechanical, electrical and environmental design services. MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has been appointed as the architect and Drivers Jonas as project managers.

Harrow College Principal, Dr Barbara Field, said: “We are extremely pleased that our proposal for a new building has been accepted by the LSC. One Harrow will create an exciting, 21st century space for learning. Our existing buildings will become outdated in a just a few years and will not be flexible enough to accommodate future learning and teaching needs. Also, in a new campus we will be able to incorporate access for people with disabilities into the overall design from the start. We want to create a wonderful new building to attract, inspire and meet the needs of all our future students.”

The College currently runs on two sites – Harrow on the Hill and Harrow Weald. The new building, One Harrow, will merge the two sites into one on a new site next to Harrow on the Hill station. With its central location, One Harrow will become a focal point of the Harrow community, leading the regeneration of Harrow and complementing the other developments planned in the area.

Commenting on the project, Miles Freeman, Partner, Hoare Lea said: “We are delighted to be working with Harrow College on this project which we believe will be an exemplar for further education. The building services philosophy for One Harrow is focused on the creation of flexible teaching spaces appropriate for the 21st Century learning environment. The services design will be based on an incremental approach and a common template adapted to the space utilisation. The design is being developed holistically to achieve facilities which are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.”

Hoare Lea is now working with MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and Sprunt, specialists in education space planning, to draw up design plans for the new college building so that a planning application can be submitted in autumn 2007.

The College is aiming for all activities from both its sites to move into One Harrow in time for the start of the academic year in September 2010.

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