Sector: Education

Exeter College – Dance Studio & Gym

Project Description

£2.4m Dance Studio & Gym two-storey extension for Exeter College at the existing £5.9m sports hall in Victoria Yard.

Part of Exeter College’s strategic development of a 20 year Masterplan for the Exeter City Centre campus.

The new extension combines sports and teaching facilities that are currently housed in separate buildings on the site. The Gym and Spinning Room on the ground floor with the Dance Studio and
two Classrooms on the first floor.

Worked with Grainge Architects and Devon Contractors to deliver this project on budget for Exeter College.

New dance studio featuring a 'New York' style glass front - creating an inspirational environment for dance and performance

Project Involvement

Full RIBA Stage 2 mechanical and electrical design from feasibility to Stage 4a.

Early engagement with Exeter City Council to agree sustainability requirements.

Worked closely with Grainge Architects to obtain an exemption to core policy and produce SBEM calculations and EPC to demonstrate compliance.

Met Exeter City Council’s policy to achieve BREEAM Excellent in planning conditions.

Delivery of sustainable building exceeding Part L2B requirements by 19%.

Designed innovative ventilation systems to include hybrid units to achieve the required headroom for Gym and Dance Studio equipment, resulting in a carefully coordinated space.

Design and modification to site infrastructure.

Project Benefits

Data and power for the gym machines has been distributed around the perimeter of the full height glazing, as to not block any natural light

Improved studio which meets the requirements of Sport England.

Dedicated teaching spaces for the dance facility.

Enhanced gymnasium used by Exeter Chiefs Youth Academy.

Low Carbon building using the existing Sports Hall changing facilities.

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