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EK Eco College Building Officially Opens
A new low carbon teaching building at South Lanarkshire College was officially opened last week.
Cabinet Secretary for Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, cut the ribbon of the £2.6million state-of-the-art building in the centre of town.
The new building has eight classrooms which, as well as being an excellent additional learning and teaching space, will be used to share the college’s experience of building and running low-energy, low-resource, sustainable buildings with students, local community groups and local businesses.
The East Kilbride campus has seen a growth of 63 per cent in student numbers since three campuses in the town merged into one in 2008.
The college is delighted that the building is the first in the UK to be awarded a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating under the 2014 standards.
BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method and the new facility has been deemed to excel in all ten categories which range from energy and waste, to health and wellbeing.
The ground floor, external walls and roofs are highly insulated, along with all windows being triple glazed. All mechanical and electrical services in the building use low energy fittings, while the heating is provided by using a ground source heat pump which is linked into an underfloor heating system.
The amount of energy generated by renewable technologies fully balances out the amount needed to run the building.
It uses a rainwater harvesting system to flush the toilets, along with low water use fittings.
College principal Stewart McKillop said: “The accolade of being the first project in the United Kingdom to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ for the design stage under the 2014 standards is an immense achievement for the College and its Project Team.
The building will be an integral part of the campus and community as a whole, and will be a superb environment for students and staff to learn together.”
Ms Constance, said: “The award confirms the building’s environmental credentials and its features will help embed sustainability within the college’s construction.
“This new block is a strong examples of a college using both its initiative and its own resources to create exciting learning spaces for their students as they continue to focus on our economic growth and supporting young people into jobs.”
This £2.6 million project received support of £1.45 million towards the cost from South Lanarkshire Trust, £700,000 from the European Regional Development Fund and also funding from South Lanarkshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund.