Steven Hunt Wins Contract For New Visitor Economy Centre

Steven Hunt & Associates, has been awarded the services design brief for the new £5 million Visitor Economy Centre at Accross (Accrington & Rossendale) College, which will provide specialist catering and hospitality training.

Designed by Union Architecture, the two storey building includes three training kitchens on the ground floor – one for catering, one for pastry and one for bakery – along with a full production kitchen and a restaurant where the public will be able to dine on food prepared by the college’s students. The Centre also provides classroom facilities at first floor level.
Steven Hunt & Associates carried out a full thermal modelling exercise on the building to develop a business case for the specification, delivering a cost effective specification in terms of both installation and running costs while balancing the need to pass Part L.

A small CHP unit has been specified to contribute towards the building’s heating and energy requirements, enabling the facility to pass Part L without inflating its running costs. The remaining heating load will be provided by four gas fired boilers and ceiling-mounted radiant panels will be installed in the classrooms to maximise internal space and offer a cost effective solution.

Comments Kevin Scholey from Accross College: “It’s essential that the specialist needs of the new facilities are met by the building services design but this needed to be done in the context of both build costs and long-term operational costs. Steven Hunt & Associates have factored all of this into the specification demonstrating their understanding of both the teaching and commercial aims of this project.”