The solution is a new two-storey classroom facility of almost 1500 square metres, with enhanced teaching facilities for English and Modern Languages, each floor accommodating nine primary spaces for teaching, staff workrooms and private study, together with an atrium foyer space that provides circulation, breakout space, and informal study.
The contemporary design of the building builds upon the consistent architectural approach that has been developed by Macallan Penfold in seven buildings throughout the campus, including the award winning Learning Resource Centre, Sports Hall and Performing Arts buildings.
Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, opened the new English and Modern Foreign Languages Centre on Friday 23rd September 2016 in a ceremony at which she unveiled a poem in the form of a stanza applied to the atrium wall.
As part of the same development strategy the Gill Building was converted into a student social space and internet cafe. This was achieved by opening up the internal walls of the ground floor and inserting new structure – the resulting open plan layout provides social areas, a coffee servery, student reception and internet café facilities. Enlargement of windows to ground floor level has opened up the building to daylight, and carefully-crafted internal lighting has enhanced the feeling of space throughout the facility.