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Case Study - Eastbourne College - Science Centre

Sussex Heritage Awards - Highly Commended

Eastbourne Science centre 1Clay Roof TileDreadnought Collingwood Blend Sandfaced with Half Round Ridges
Architect:   Miller Bourne LLP

Background

The new Science Centre at Eastbourne College, houses teaching accommodation for Chemistry, Physics and Biology, arranged on three floors.  The existing buildings of note are constructed in red brick with stone features and clay tiles roofs.  The design of the new Science Centre echoes this pallet of materials.  The architect's choice of roof covering was therefore simple - clay tiles.

Challenge

Both the College and the Borough Council wanted a traditional design to acknowledge and blend with adjacent buildings, to provide a sense of unity within the campus.

Solution

Eastbourne Science centreThe new Science Centre has a large footprint and to avoid an overbearing, unbroken expanse of roof, the design set out to break up the mass, introducing a number of single and double gables.

The roof itself is double pitched, creating an area of flat roof in the centre, unseen from ground level and from adjoining buildings.

 

 

Result

Eastbourne Science centre 2

Judges' comments from the Sussex Heritage Awards 2003  “This new building in a conservation area, blends in very well with the environment and the external materials reflect the existing buildings very well.”

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