29 Aug 2018

City College Norwich

Commissioned by Alternative Heat, the award winning Irish renewable energy company to drill multiple geothermal boreholes for the new creative arts building for the City College Norwich.

The new building is sited at the Southern end of the College’s main Ipswich Road campus, on the site of the former West Lodge accommodation block that was demolished last summer.
The new creative arts building will support the College’s vision to deliver outstanding and innovative creative arts provision, with 3 purpose-built floors for:

  • Performing arts rehearsal spaces, for dance, acting, and musical theatre;
  • The digital arts, including interactive media, graphics, animation, media editing suites, a TV studio and music rehearsal and recording studios; and
  • Traditional art and design, fashion and textiles and cultural heritage/craft based programmes.

The College will retain its 250-seat theatre in the Norfolk Building, which is soon to be re-launched under the new name of 'Platform'.  This will remain as the venue for public performances of music, dance, acting and musical theatre shows.


City College Norwich is a founder college of the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural and the new building will provide a new generation of students with access to industry-standard training facilities, developing the skills needed by employers in the regionally important creative and cultural sector.   
This exciting upgrade to the College’s creative arts facilities has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Skills Funding Agency for one third of the overall cost, with the plans impressing in a competitive bidding process involving over 200 project bids nationally.

As well as providing a vibrant space to stimulate students’ creativity, the new building has been designed to be low-carbon.  The designs meet the BREEAM Excellent standard, with “green” features including natural and mechanical ventilation systems, ground source heating, brown water recycling and solar panels. 

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