City of Bath College submits Stride Treglown Tektus design for slick gateway building
News comes today that Bath-based firm Stride Treglown Tektus have designed a £5m entranceway for City of Bath College, UK. The sharp-edged concept has now been submitted to B&NES Council for planning approval and it is thought that should the project gain planning permission by Christmas, the building may be ready in time for next year's intake in September.
In order to construct the state-of-the-art gateway, the existing Kings Building on James Street West and Avon Street would have to be demolished. This is a far cry from the College's extensive £68m redevelopment plan put forward two years ago which proposed a complete redesign, saving only the recently constructed Music and Performing Arts facility by Aaron Evans Architects. The proposal was denied funding from the Governments Building Schools for the Future programme which was later axed in the economic downturn.
Stride Treglown Tektus' clean-cut form includes a bespoke reception area, new hair and beauty salons, a dedicated Higher Education centre and a College shop. The complex will also bring all Student Services under one roof and whilst the plans depict a three storey facility, only the first and second floors will provide access to the neighbouring Macaulay Building.
Matt Atkinson, College Principal, said: "This is an ambitious new building project which will provide a range of excellent new facilities for our students and bring all College staff together on to one campus. The College plays a crucial role in the Bath economy and it is vital that we continue to invest in our estate for the benefit of students and our community.
"We are currently carefully planning the construction process to ensure that our students and neighbours experience the minimum amount of disruption while work takes place. Once completed, the new building will bring a huge range of benefits to our students and staff, and in turn provide a real boost to the city of Bath."