South Devon College’s Hi Tech and Digital Centre is in with chance of landing prestigious property awards

South Devon College’s new Hi Tech and Digital Centre has been shortlisted in the regional Michelmores Property Awards in two categories: Education Project of the Year more than £5million and Building of the Year.

The annual Property Awards, now in their 18th year, celebrate the most prestigious, innovative and exciting developments taking place in the South West.

This is not the first time the college has been shortlisted for these two categories, having won both awards when the South West Energy Centre was completed in August 2013.

Emma Honey, Head of Property at Michelmores said: “Many congratulations to those schemes shortlisted in this year’s Michelmores Property Awards.

“The last few months have brought unprecedented uncertainty to all of our lives and now, more than ever, it is important to celebrate the excellence in our region’s property and construction sector.”

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.

The centre showcases the latest in world class technology and equipment and 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 importance and need for social and collaborative study areas, and layouts of the rooms which will mirror workplace processes and practice.

It is made up of 15 dedicated workspaces for individual business units as well as two large, open plan collaboration zones, and 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 brightened by a colourful wall mural which was designed by students.

With the facilities available for training and education, the focus is on supporting the rapidly expanding sector in Torbay and surrounding area.

It will be a flagship facility, alongside Institutes of Technology developments in the country.