Walford and North Shropshire College
£2m to £5m
Severndale Specialist Academy and Shrewsbury College launched the Futures Centre at their London Road campus. The Centre provides students with learning difficulties and disabilities with a range of work-related learning activities and the College experience.
This joint venture is the first of its kind in the UK and provides students aged 16-25 valuable real-life work experience in order to improve their employment prospects. New links are regularly being developed with local employers with a view to providing work placements.
The building consisted of a steel frame structure with a clad roof and clad wall panels utilising a parapet wall detail to disguise the roof. The windows and doors were trimmed with hard wood to create a striking feature.
Underfloor heating was the chosen method of heating and was located in the insitu concrete slab tied to the mesh as to negate the need for a secondary screed floor.
A range of workshops delivered by specialist tutors help students to create, produce and set up enterprises including ceramics, jewellery, candle making, soap making, textiles and printing in the various workshops contained within the building. There is also a garden for students to grow a variety of organically grown produce for use in the catering kitchen and café that is open to the general public. Duration 25 weeks.