With enough space to fit five cars in each workshop, students are able to get stuck in with the finer details of their practical work. The fully equipped tool cages are packed with equipment for students to use, and there’s even a viewing gallery for students to watch practical sessions taking place.
Large panels along the exterior walls are able to open fully, providing a cool and comfortable environment for practical sessions. There is also plenty of parking space surrounding the building for vehicles currently being worked on by students, and a washing station for vehicles outside.
The Engineering Centre has been designed to minimise the environmental impact as much as possible.
An 18,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank has been buried under the yard to the rear of the new building. Water collected from the roof is used to flush toilets within the building and provide water for vehicle washing outside.
100m of PV panels have been installed on the South facing slope of the workshop roof, to convert sunlight into electricity. The 15kW(p) system produces around 15,300kWh of electricity per year, with any surplus energy exported for use around the College.
Three wind catchers installed on the roof of the classroom block provide fresh air to the classroom and office spaces through natural ventilation, without using fans or air conditioning.