One of the government’s National College schemes, the National College for Nuclear in Workington comprises a 2 storey, naturally ventilated, bold and striking contemporary design. The building’s form and massing take design inspiration from the Lake District’s mountainous region, with each block reflecting two interlocking mountains coming together into one single sculptural form.
The limited palette of external materials, together with the homogenous careful detailing throughout, strengthens the sculptural form of the building. The use of corten steel cladding – contrasting with the dark grey aluminium composite cladding – reference both the steel and mining heritages of the area. Large punched hole windows and curtain walling to the gables offer views into the building, showcasing the activities within, and providing a visual beacon when lit up at night. External aluminium louvres provide both natural and mechanical ventilation in a more contemporary way.
Part of the government’s National College initiative, this sister campus to the Doncaster Campus is a monument to the innovative design of Bond Bryan.
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