Ainsley Gommon Architects


Deeside College (now Coleg Cambria)


Deeside Campus Connah's Quay, Flintshire


£2.5 million

Date Completed

Winter 2002

Development Overview

The new Engineering building provides training for students and apprentices, including motor engineering, heating & plumbing, sheet welding and in particular avionic technicians who will be involved with the manufacture of wings for the fleet of Airbus planes including the new A380 ‘super jumbo’ jet at the nearby Airbus Factory in Broughton.

The large clear span structure offers flexibility to respond to future curriculum changes and provides teaching spaces off a ‘glazed street’ linking the old engineering workshop and new building.

Cellular beams support a curved acoustic liner tray and roof cladding and highly insulated Kalwall translucent roof panels provide natural light to the glazed street. The upper walkway and roof in the street are supported by Y-shaped ‘steel trees’.

At around £545/m2 the accommodation provides excellent value for money and provides a distinctive ‘work for real’ environment for the students.

Completed in November 2002 and officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen.