John Wheatley College is a well established and respected Further Education College largely serving the local community in Glasgow’s East End. This project consists of a major new building of approximately 6,000m² on a brownfield site in the Haghill district with classroom based teaching, training workshops, staff and student facilities and administration.

Certain functions such as hairdressing, the restaurant, the library and childcare will offer services to the local community. The brief called for a welcoming building with a sense of accessibility and openness. Sustainability has been a significant parameter for the design of this BREEAM excellent building.

The building itself incorporates key features to help to ensure low energy consumption and sustainability, including exposed thermal mass for natural cooling, extensive use of natural ventilation and wind controlled exhaust ventilation chimneys. Façade shading on south-facing aspects prevents over-heating and glare in summer, while the design still allows as much natural daylighting as possible to penetrate deep into the building.

Photographs by Keith Hunter