South Devon College’s new Hi Tech and Digital Centre has been shortlisted for more top building awards

South Devon College student Hannah Vetterlein and her link way design.South Devon College student Hannah Vetterlein and her link way design.

South Devon College and its Hi Tech and Digital Centre are in line for top awards.

It has been shortlisted in the Constructing Excellence South West Awards in the ‘‘Building Project of the Year’, ‘Value Award’ and ‘Client of the Year’ categories.

The centre was only recently shortlisted in the regional Michelmores Property Awards for ‘Education Project of the Year (over £5million)’ and ‘Building of the Year’.

A college spokesman said: “The College is honoured that the Hi Tech and Digital Centre is being recognised by many for both its architectural value and its educational and community vision.”

Winners in the Excellence awards will be announced on December 4.

The innovative £17 million Centre, designed by architects from LHC Design and constructed by Midas Construction, provides a visionary facility for further education and training support towards the ever-expanding hi-tech, manufacturing, digital and creative sectors across Torbay, South Devon and wider South West region.

It showcases the latest in world class technology and equipment.

The interior layout is designed to follow cutting edge principles in future proofing an outstanding teaching and learning environment.

There is a great emphasis on flexibility of space.

The Centre is made up of 15 dedicated workspaces for individual business units as well as two large, open plan collaboration zones, in addition to specialist computing, engineering, design facilities and the 100-seater screening suite.

A link connection joins the new Centre to the main College building and has been further brightened by a colourful student designed wall mural.

The centre combines £8.13m funding from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Growth Deal funding from the Heart of the South West LEP, as well as support from European Regional Development Fund, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Torbay Council, South Devon College and private sector investment.

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“We’re delighted that the Hi Tech and Digital Centre has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, it’s a stunning building both inside and out.”