Design and construction of an exciting new facility to teach and train young people in a range of STEM subjects. The project was delivered within a demanding budget without compromising on essential specialist equipment and fixtures.

The Brief

The new STEM building forms phase 2 of a wider Masterplan which was developed by Pick Everard in 2010. This new build was needed by Isle of Wight College to create a 21st century learning environment, integrating multiple subjects into a single space. Partially funded by the Educational Funding Agency, it was imperative any design and cost plans could be reconciled with EFA models. The client required our approach to minimise disruption to everyday college services.

Our Response

We designed a simple rectangular plan, consisting of a three-storey block which stepped down to a single storey to provide an outdoor teaching area. This design resulted in a building which was quick and easy to construct, while also providing scope for a striking aesthetic making best use of natural daylight to light the space.

 Key Facts

  • All materials needed to be physically transported to the island by ferry, adding complexity to material selection.
  • Our approach provided opportunities to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
  • LABC Winner South East – Best Educational Building

Project Information

Client: Isle of Wight College