WALFORD & NORTH SHROPSHIRE COLLEGE
THE HARRIS CENTRE

Walford & North Shropshire College
The Harris Centre
The Harris Centre (Walford & North Shropshire College) by Contemporary and Modern architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
A New Animal Care, Horticulture and General Teaching Accommodation, for a Tertiary Education College Specialising in Land-based Studies.
The college brief was to produce a building that explores a number of green technologies, and to use these as a teaching and demonstration aid in the area of rural diversification.
 
The building is primarily constructed from materials scoring A in the BRE Green Guide, and is partially clad in oak grown on the college estate.  Additionally the building is insulated to a standard 25% higher than the building regulations at the time.
 
Energy conservation systems include photovoltaic panels, wind turbine generator, ground source heat pump and biomass boiler.  The college intend to produce their own fuel by growing short rotation willow coppice and Miscanthus crops, and with the waste products of their forestry courses.  Read-out displays provide real-time demonstration of energy production and use.
 
Canopies and solar shading prevent excessive summer heat build up, and the classrooms are naturally ventilated.  A rainwater balancing pond provides a new wildlife habitat.
CLIENT:
Walford & North Shropshire College
 
LOCATION:
Baschurch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 2HL
 
CONSTRUCTION VALUE:
£2,200,000
 
AWARDS:
RICS Awards 2007 Winner in the Category of Sustainability
 
  1. The Harris Centre (Walford & North Shropshire College) by Contemporary and Modern architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  2. The Harris Centre (Walford & North Shropshire College) by Contemporary and Modern architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  3. Contemporary, Modern Architecture, Shropshire, Shrewsbury
  4. The Harris Centre (Walford & North Shropshire College) by Contemporary and Modern architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  5. Contemporary, Modern Architecture, Shropshire, Shrewsbury
  6. The Harris Centre (Walford & North Shropshire College) by Contemporary and Modern architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  7. Contemporary, Modern Architecture, Shropshire, Shrewsbury
  8. The Harris Centre (Walford & North Shropshire College) by Contemporary and Modern architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.