LHC’s latest project with South Devon College is in the final weeks of its year long construction phase to deliver the new Hi-tech and Digital Skills Centre as part of a £17m investment by the SDC. The new centre for education and training will support the growing hi-tech manufacturing, digital and creative sectors thriving in South Devon and beyond.
Opening in September 2019 this project represents the first phase of a 15-year masterplan which has been developed and secured by LHC through an LDO (Local Development Order) in 2015.
Architecture, Interior Design
£17m Project cost / £9.3m Build cost
May 2019. Opening September 2019.
The new building has been designed with collaboration at its centre providing a welcoming and engaging environment for the growth of students in a range of sectors from engineering to the creative arts such as manufacturing, app design, communications, digital design / media and many more.
At the centre of the building sits a multi-height space connected by a contemporary stair design linking all floors for ease of use with six large rooflights flooding the main space with natural light. Translucent polycarbonate panels to the south façade along with large format windows to the north provide a light spacious environment for users. Facilities such as manufacturing and electrical testing are located at ground level with state-of-the-art photography, sound studios and 100 seat screening suites located in the drum, an iconic feature of the building which is visible internally and externally.
The centre also boasts 16 start-up units in the South Devon College Business Hub with informal meeting spaces and collaboration zones to encourage collaboration between staff, students and businesses alike exchanging knowledge and offering students a view of routes of how to progress from education to the market place.