Willmott Dixon completes phase I of Oaklands College campus transformation

WCN Editorial Team 17 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Willmott Dixon has completed and handed over the first phase of the campus transformation of Oaklands College in Hertfordshire, UK.

The £62m project includes the redevelopment to transform Oaklands College’s St Albans campus and the initial phase involves the construction of a new residential homestead at the college.

The project was procured through Pagabo’s Major Works framework and the residential homestead can accommodate over 80 residential students.

The building, located on the west side of the campus, has been designed to include two large communal areas, two shared kitchens along with a basketball court at the rear of the building.

Willmott Dixon director Simon Ramage said: “We are pleased to have handed over the residential homestead building to Oaklands College ready for the students to return to in September. Delivering social value and supporting mental health have been at the heart of the project, especially during these unprecedented times.

“Through our work at Oaklands College, we have worked with Pagabo to trial the use of Moodbeam One wristbands. The innovative wearable device and companion app that allows our people and supply chain partners to share how they’re feeling throughout the day, we are proud to implement this technology across the site.

“As a former student of Oaklands College I’m delighted to be part of the journey, and we are now focussed on the start of the build for the brand-new teaching block.”

To ensure that the building is in-line with the College’s eco-friendly commitment, the project will use natural ventilation along with sustainable underfloor heating that uses a ground source heat pump. The project also includes a large car parking area next to the new homestead.

Oaklands College Principal Zoe Hancock said: “It is incredibly rewarding to see the finished residential homestead, a building which will transform the learning experience and opportunities at Oaklands College.

“We now look ahead to the second phase of the redevelopment, which will occupy a central area of the campus and create an exciting, engaging new learning and teaching environment for our students and staff.”

Willmott Dixon also stated that it is now starting the phase two of the redevelopment, which will include the construction of a new general teaching block, which will include 49 classrooms, a new home for the special needs provision and offices for curriculum staff.


The new homestead building at Oaklands College. (Credit: Willmott Dixon.)

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