Telford College, Edinburgh

Telford College, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Telford College campus is the largest, purpose built college in Scotland for 30 years. It brings together 20,000 students and 600 staff. It is a model for college campus development throughout the UK.

Sustainability was integral to the ambition of the client. The campus is designed to maximise fresh air from natural ventilation and natural daylight. The building is an exemplar of sustainable design.

As well as achieving low energy the building is also low maintenance with minimised running costs.


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Edinburgh Telford College

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Inside the communal hub area with the ETFE roof providing natural daylight, natural vent openings and invisible underfloor heating.
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Motorised brise soleil in operation.
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Swales – part of the landscaped Sustainable Urban Design (SUDs) strategy
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Heating and drainage pipes passing through the structure maximises workshop headroom. Perforated radiant heating assists with acoustic absorption.
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Daylit classrooms have exposed concrete for thermal mass, high and low level opening vents for natural ventilation and lighting rafts which also incorporate acoustic absorption. Movable partition offer greater flexibility.
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The "learning streets" for independent self learning at the base of the teaching block still offer good daylight from the ETFE atrium roof light above. The classrooms also benefit from natural cross ventilation via the opening vents.