Morgan Sindall chosen for £18.5 million Lowestoft Sixth Form College scheme

Morgan Sindall Group plc’s construction, infrastructure and design business Morgan Sindall has been selected by Suffolk County Council for an £18.5 million contract to design and build East Anglia’s first purpose-built sixth form college in Lowestoft.

Morgan Sindall will construct the new Lowestoft Sixth Form College at the Lowestoft College campus in St Peter’s Street. The state-of-the-art facility will accommodate around 950 pupils and will replace the existing sixth forms at three high schools in the town.

The four-storey building will house a large performing arts space, specialist teaching facilities equipped with the latest information technology systems, and learning pods suspended from a central atrium. Morgan Sindall will also create new car parking facilities and carry out additional landscaping works.

The new sixth form building will achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and will incorporate a number of sustainable features including high levels of insulation, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic technology which converts sunlight to energy. In addition, Morgan Sindall will create a series of concrete ducts beneath the building to supplement its heating supply with natural thermal energy from the earth’s core.

The project is due to be completed in August 2011.

Photos: An artist’s impression of the new Lowestoft Sixth Form College.