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The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council were the strategic sponsors of the process to procure a private sector partner to form an NPD co to design, build and finance a new Kilmarnock Campus for Ayrshire college and provide FM services to the college for an anticipated 25 year period.
The accommodation requirement was for approximately 16,450sqm teaching and social accommodation on one site totalling 10 acres at Hill Street in Kilmarnock. The new facility was to accommodate a variety of curriculum areas as well as a number of Core support services ie STEM, Core, Education & Business, Creative Services, Access & Inclusion including ELS, Learner Enhancement, Vocational Learning. As part of a consortium led by McLaughlin & Harvey, SPACE were commissioned to provide FF&E design services and integrated interior design services within 5 major training spaces in the new college.
The complex requirements of the building required an end user led approach where SPACE engaged with the key individuals in charge of each department and in tandem with the project Architect and M&E consultant, produced a coordinated design solution in response to the client’s success criteria:
• Offer best value for money
• Meet the key objectives of the strategic curriculum brief
• Provide flexibility to meet the College’s changing needs in the most efficient manner
• Create a design that provides an attractive and sustainable learning environment which facilitates modern learning methods and fosters collaboration
• Inspire learners to achieve their full potential
• Provide the highest quality learning experience
• Promote creativity, innovation and enterprise
Through an understanding of the built environment as well as FF&E, SPACE were able to satisfy these criteria, through the following approach:
A genuine coordinated process-
SPACE combine expertise in furniture specification with the requirement for proper integration of FF&E in a complex new building. SPACE integrated within the larger design team to ensure FF&E design was fully coordinated with all the other design disciplines.
Access to the whole market place -
SPACE are FF&E consultants, not FF&E manufacturers and this allowed us to tap into the whole FF&E marketplace to ensure Ayrshire College received the best possible product for each application, at the best possible price.
Interior Design Expertise -
SPACE designed the interior design solutions for 5 key areas. Using this knowledge we were able to offer a consistent and rational FF&E solutions throughout the college.