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Worthing College

Worthing, West Sussex

Worthing College, Canteen

Sector: Education
Project value: £5 m
Project stage: Complete

Gibberd were appointed by a Special Purpose Vehicle comprising Geoffrey Osborne Ltd and Barratt Homes to provide architectural, interior design and landscape services from RIBA stage A through to completion. The project involved the conversion of an existing Aviva HQ building on the outskirts of Durrington, West Sussex to provide a new home for the College. 

This 10,000sqm development consolidated and rationalised the College’s previously fragmented building stock serving and supporting the social and academic needs of a wide range of learners. The refurbished facility provides a spacious learning environment for a rich curriculum including Sport, Science, Mathematics, Arts, Media, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Law, Leisure and Travel and a fully equipped Learning Resource Centre. The design of the facility aimed to positively influence and shape the behaviour and attitudes of both students and staff to make learning more vibrant and stimulating. The building using careful design principles aimed to be a clearly identified facility on the existing site.

The ethos of the building is to make students, staff and visitors feel welcome and included providing an atmosphere conductive to learning and an ambience that regulates and enhances the work and study culture of the college. 

Access arrangements were carefully considered within the scheme especially in relation to people with disabilities including but not limited to mobility, sight and hearing. The College wished to go further than the mandatory requirements of Building Regulations Part M to ensure that inclusion is embodied in the design.

Gibberd liaised closely with the College’s SLT and Advisors to ensure that the proposals significantly improved space use, robustness and aesthetics but remained within tight budgetary constraints. It is expected that the scheme will attract new learners and allow the curriculum to evolve in a contemporary learning environment.

The college went operational for the start of academic year in September 2013.

Following the successful completion of the interior refurbishment, Gibberd undertook a Feasibility Study to further develop the site to include a Sports Academy using guidance from Sport England to RIBA Stage D.