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Bexley College

Erith, Kent

Bexley college entrance landscaping

Sector: Education, Regeneration
Client: Bexley college
Project value: £15 million
Project stage: Complete

Gibberd were appointed to design the new Bexley college in Erith. The new college will be sited on a brownfield site directly adjacent to Erith train station and is a few minutes walk away from Erith town centre. The new building is intended to be the spark of new development in Erith town centre and will form a landscaped link form the train station to the town.

The college offers a varied curriculum and offer many specialist subjects such as hair and beauty treatment and music technology, the new facilities will also include a high-tech learning resource centre, gym and range of comprehensive teaching spaces. Gibberd worked diligently with the college and local authorities to ensure that the community received a landmark building fit for contemporary teaching.

Following a successful planning application Gibberd were appointed by Geoffrey Osborne contractors to undertake the technical design through to the completion of the building. Leading the design team, a comprehensive co-ordination programme was undertaken to ensure the successful and efficient construction of this building, which included highly challenging site gradient, site gases from the previous use of the site and high deflection rates which were carefully understood and co-ordinated to ensure the facade remained pure.

An extensive landscape scheme was undertaken by Gibberd, which included a new link between Erith train station and Erith town, a new car park for the college and extensive planting around the perimeter. This scheme integrating a complex section 108 and 38 agreement along with Secure By Design guidance, manages to produce a distinct new urban route with excellent sight lines and a full appreciation of achieving wheelchair access on this challenging site.

The College was opened by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson on 7th October 2014. Since opening the building detailing has been recognised by winning the Plaisterer's Awards 2014 for external plastering and being a finalist in the INCA awards 2015.