North West Regional College (NWRC) Limavady provides an important teaching resource for this small market town. Our brief was to breathe new life into the existing facility via an extensive refurbishment programme and new 4 storey teaching block which we delivered whilst the existing NWRC remained fully operational. Following extensive consultation with the College we devised a simple 2 phase solution which used the new teaching block to provide a dynamic new frontage to the college in conjunction with an over-render of existing buildings to provide a harmonious and cost effective new elevational treatment.
The new teaching block was joined to the existing teaching block by a glazed link at each floor which allowed the extension to also upgrade the circulation and fire escape provision beyond just the new build element. The new teaching block provided vocational subjects on the ground floor which had a “shop” front appearance so that they could interface with the public.
Finally the completed project re-configured the front vehicular and pedestrian access to the college to improve safety, provide better parking and resolve congestion at the front entrance.
The purpose of the new-build extension and refurbishment was to upgrade current facilities which we achieved as follows: