The Beacon Centre
The Beacon Centre is a brand new £18.3 million teaching space sitting in the heart of the Blackburn College campus. The state-of-the-art teaching centre provides the space for our Further Education courses in Creative Arts, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Childhood Studies, Health and Social Care and Public Services, as well as a library and social and administrative accommodation.
Facts and figures:
- Cost: £18.3million
- Building size: 8600 square metres
- Timescale: 16 months
- 65 classrooms and teaching spaces including art studios
- IT suites and photography studios
- 1000 square metre learning resource centre
- 150 square metre exhibition and student space
- Male and Female multi faith prayer rooms.
- Green design features:
- Thermally designed building to BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating – this limits heat loss in the building
- Grey water system – rainwater is harvested off the roof to flush the toilets
- Air source heat pumps – converts external air temperatures into useful heat, such as underfloor heating
- Windowmaster temperature and CO2 monitors – opens and closes windows automatically
- Solar thermal water collectors – uses sun rays to heat water for hand washing
- Green sedum roof covers the three-storey structure – created to reduce the amount of rainfall entering the drains and provide new habitats.