Our work on the Spring Lane Project is now complete.
Spring Lane is a higher education facility that we completed on behalf of our client the East Kent College Group. The facility focuses on providing the education of land-based studies such as agriculture, animal management and horticulture. Part of East Kent College’s plan for this popular campus includes the provision of more attainment levels and courses, including the newer T Level qualifications and further apprenticeships.
Accomplishing Spring Lane primarily required the demolition of previous teaching blocks which were no longer fit for use. This allowed for works to commence on a single-story building with a focus on sustainability whilst maintaining a design with a feel that fits with the rest of the grounds. Additionally, the existing reception building was also refurbished and changing facilities were added to a repurposed barn.
Spring Lane has proven to be unique in multiple ways. To begin with, the education provided on site is specialised. Additionally, the building itself was created to establish interconnectivity between the outdoor and indoor spaces to allow the grounds to capture the essence of the nature of its education. The building has an incorporated green roof, improving biodiversity net gain by supporting insect and bird life. OSB wall finishes and open ceilings give an outdoor feel to the classrooms providing a link to the student’s studies.
The Spring Lane Project has been an exceptional journey from start to end.
“Thank you to all those who made the completion of Spring Lane possible. We are simply over the moon with the results of the Spring Lane project. As Seb states the senior team and curriculum teams are very pleased with the outcomes and can’t wait to get teaching started in early September. I have yet to make it over myself but look forward to seeing the campus in its full glory new week. A great team effort – many thanks for all your support B&M, LEP and Abbotts” – Dan Shelley, Chief Infrastructure and Transformation Officer