The Energy and Fabrication Centre at Coleg Menai in Llangefni, Anglesey offers a range of specialist facilities for students for training in engineering and fabrication skills. Ainsley Gommon became involved after planning consent had been obtained and worked on the project with Anwyl Construction providing architects services from technical design stage through to completion.
Promoting vocational skills and training for students in the low carbon industries, the building had to incorporate a number of sustainable technologies. The building provides a mix of workshop, classroom and office spaces to train students in a range of renewable technologies and utilises the latest in ‘green’ technologies in its construction.
The two storey steel framed building has been built to a BREEAM Excellent standard, and incorporates passive design strategies, high levels of airtightness and thermal insulation to ensure that the energy consumption of the building is minimised. The two storey steel framed building includes a number of renewable technologies including ground source heat pumps, solar hot water panels and rainwater harvesting.
The BREEAM Excellent building is one of 7 projects to be awarded a Welsh BREEAM Award in 2011, recognising the highest scoring buildings in Wales under BREEAM.