projectSunderland College Sports and VPA Academies

locationTyne and Wear, UK

value£13m

Desco has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Sunderland College having completed a number of small to medium sized projects on various buildings across the college’s existing multi-site campus.

One of the college’s major new schemes, for which we delivered the design for the M&E services, was two new buildings on the existing Bede campus to provide a state-of-the art sports academy and a visual and performing arts (VPA) academy. The dedicated sports building includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science lab and teaching facilities and the visual and performing arts building includes dance and drama and multi-use performance hall at ground floor, music, media and photography at first floor, and art studios at the third floor.

The contemporary new buildings have been designed sympathetic to the adjacent Edwardian buildings and the scheme was delivered whist the current buildings remained in use throughout.

At the same campus previously we have delivered the designs associated with a full fire alarm system upgrade and for a refurbished heating system comprising the removal of 30 year old inefficient old-fuelled boilers, installation of high-efficiency dual fuel boilers and solar panels to provide pre-heating of the domestic hot water supply.

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