A specialist college with a clear focus on careers of the future.

This new University Technical College (UTC) for South Gloucester and Stroud College forms part of the first phase of the redevelopment of the decommissioned nuclear Magnox Amenity Site at Berkeley. The UTC is part of the larger Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear campus within the Gloucestershire Science Technology Park and will provide students with a unique opportunity to take part in an employer led curriculum specialising in Digital Technologies, Cyber Security and Advanced Manufacturing. The strong links with education and business partners will support students progression to both higher education and employment with regional, national and international employers.

In collaboration with the architect and main Contractor Jubb supported the initial cost plan on the utilisation of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for the super structure. Due to cost pressures on the project CLT was discounted, however to main the integrity of the concept design, other structural timber options were reviewed and concluded with the use of large glulam rafters to help form the entrance and Cyber Café. Detailed discussions with the whole design team were conducted to ensure the detailing between the glulam and steel connections were sympathetic with the Architectural aspirations.

Sited on a decommissioned nuclear amenity facility, there were a number of both live and redundant services that had to be maintained as part of the ongoing decommissioning process.

Working closely with the main contractor the sub and superstructure were designed to bridge over a large service trench containing high levels of asbestos and ducting serving the decommissioning works.

Working to both tight programme and budget, Jubb worked closely with the design team and main contractor in reviewing all viable options without compromising the conceptual design for an engaging environment for future students. In addition to the CLT and glulam options previously discussed, our structural and geotechnical Engineers reviewed options on omitting the conceptually proposed suspended ground floor slab to ground bearing. Having worked through all considerations, Jubb successfully engineered the ground bearing solution by evaluating the likely settlement derived from anticipated loadings, concluding this could be controlled with minimal ground re-engineering prior to construction.