Winsford Campus, Mid Cheshire College - Winsford
Mid Cheshire College’s Winsford Campus is a three-storey new build delivered as part of a joint venture funded by Mid Cheshire College, Learning Skills Council, NW Development Agency and Cheshire West & Chester Council. The building includes classrooms, IT suites, a learning resource centre, hair and beauty salon, gym, kitchen and servery, cafe, and arts room.
The building is sited on a brownfield remediated site previously occupied by gasworks. The facade and envelope has ‘Forticrete’ architectural masonry, pre-patenated copper cladding systems and a terracotta tiled rain screen cladding system with a ‘Permaroc’ render.
Winstanley College - Wigan
Following the demolition of the existing science block and library, and grouting work to redundant mine works, Pochin’s constructed a new two-storey, brick-clad learning resource centre. The centre included a new library, offices and an IT suite.
On top of this, a new two-storey science block extension saw the creation of laboratories, dark room and a number of classrooms. The site was in the heart of the campus and all work was carried out with minimal disruption to the college or the surrounding neighbours.
Stinton Library - Newcastle Under Lyme
This project included the removal of the existing library structure, before installing concrete bases and beams below ground to support the new structure. The new structure included a curtain walling system, a new roof including contemporary lighting and light tubes to allow additional natural sunlight into the building.
The internal fit-out involved the creation of two new science laboratories and prep rooms, a large social area with cafe and a new ‘state of the art’ library. Under-floor heating was installed alongside highly energy efficient lighting and a roof-mounted air system to create a ‘breathable’ building.
Hartford Campus, Mid Cheshire College - Hartford
Delivered on a live campus, this new addition to Mid Cheshire College is a single storey sports hall and a three-storey performing arts building. The performing arts building includes a 210-seat auditorium for plays and performances, a dance studio, photography studios, fashion and textile workshops, music rooms and a fitness suite. A boiler house and substation was also created.
Malbank High School - Nantwich
Pochin’s was commissioned to construct a two-storey multi-functional building located on the Eastern Boundary of Malbank High School. Named The Olympic Boulevard, it provides the school and the community with a multi-functional facility that has a family learning suite, new IT suite with a Wi-Fi internet cafe, a health and fitness suite as well as new dining facilities and a large flexible working space. The public has access to the building via a dedicated community reception area and there is an elevated walk-way used as a spectator’s gallery during events.
Kingsway, University of Chester - Chester
Pochin’s demolished the existing classrooms and storage building to construct a new state-of-the-art exhibition hall, artists’ studio, offices and sports changing facility. The new building is rated BREEAM ‘Very Good’ and provides 16,350 sq ft over three storeys.
Externally Pochin’s created an outdoor teaching area consisting of bespoke seating, a sunken amphitheatre and raised stage. External data and power points were provided along with a public address system.
Due to the location of the site, extra care was taken to guarantee minimum disruption was caused to local residents.