Ainsley Gommon Architects


Coleg Cambria with Swansea University


Deeside Campus Connah's Quay, Flintshire


£2 million

Date Completed

Autumn 2016

Development Overview

The University Centre at Coleg Cambria’s Deeside campus is a purpose designed facility for Higher Education students enrolled at Swansea University undertaking engineering placements at the nearby Airbus factory in Broughton. The scheme provides around 1000sqm of high quality teaching accommodation over two storeys, including workshops, lab spaces and lecture facilities. With a focus on aeronautic and engineering technologies, the building language reflects the history of innovation and collaborative working between Coleg Cambria and the local Aeronautical and Engineering industries.

Two obsolete teaching blocks were demolished to make way for the new development. The Higher Education Centre helps to uplift the surrounding campus area whilst providing advanced teaching facilities, including video conferencing facilities to link back to Swansea University.

The BREEAM Excellent rated scheme minimises energy demand by implementing simple design principles to the building layout, including allowing natural ventilation, good levels of natural light and avoiding overheating where possible. Air source heat pumps contribute to the building’s heating demand whilst PV panels on the roof provide a source of electricity for the building.