Willmott Dixon has handed over a new residential homestead at Oaklands College, completing the first phase of their £62m redevelopment to transform their St Albans campus
Procured through Pagabo’s Major Works framework, the building introduces a brand-new facility capable of housing over 80 residential students.
Amongst its design features includes two large communal areas, two shared kitchens and underfloor heating throughout.
Access to the building is via a safe and secure swipe-card entry system. In addition to this, there will be a dedicated recreational area with a basketball court at the rear of the building.
To ensure that the new building is in line with the college’s eco-friendly commitment, the building uses natural ventilation alongside sustainable underfloor heating which uses a ground source heat pump.
Located on the west side of the campus, the project has also included a large car park adjacent to the homestead.
Willmott Dixon is now starting Phase 2 of the redevelopment, which focuses on providing a brand-new General teaching block, containing 49 new classrooms, a new home for their special needs provision and offices for curriculum staff.
Back to school
Principal Zoe Hancock, said: “It is incredibly rewarding to see the finished residential homestead, a building which will transform the learning experience and opportunities at Oaklands College.
“We now look ahead to the second phase of the redevelopment, which will occupy a central area of the campus and create an exciting, engaging new learning and teaching environment for our students and staff.”
Simon Ramage, director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We are pleased to have handed over the residential homestead building to Oaklands College ready for the students to return to in September.
“Delivering social value and supporting mental health has been at the heart of the project, especially during these unprecedented times. Through our work at Oaklands College, we have worked with Pagabo to trial the use of Moodbeam One wristbands.
“The innovative wearable device and companion app that allows our people and supply chain partners to share how they’re feeling throughout the day, we are proud to implement this technology across the site.
“As a former student of Oaklands College I’m delighted to be part of the journey, and we are now focussed on the start of the build for the brand-new teaching block.”