6 October 2021
Design Engine have been appointed as lead architect for the new Guernsey Institute Project, partnering with Guernsey architects Tyrrell Dowinton Associates, who will be providing support with their local knowledge and experience.
The Guernsey Institute’s new buildings will bring together the Guernsey College of Further Education, the GTA University Centre, and the Institute of Health & Social Care Studies. It will incorporate a wide range of industry standard facilities, from workshops to simulated health care suites to technology rich environments. The campus layout has also been configured to include the Sixth Form Centre for the island.
The scheme (Currently at RIBA Stage 2) incorporates the existing Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts on the site, integrating this into a new east west main building arranged around a south facing landscaped piazza. The construction and engineering building runs north south incorporating a covered route to the sports building located to the far north. A second piazza sits between the main building and Sixth Form Centre.
The campus plan is structured around the external spaces and a positive landscape narrative, creating additional external amenity opportunities and protected microclimates. The Les Ozouets Campus is an opportunity to create an inspirational and sustainable learning environment that encompasses both the character of this dynamic organisation and that of the island.
This commission follows previous educational projects delivered on the island by the practice, including the RIBA Award-winning Les Beaucamps High School completed in 2013.
We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity to lead the design of what promises to be a transformational project for the island. It is hoped that the campus will become a destination and place that celebrates learning and culture at the very heart of Guernsey”David Gausden, Director, Design Engine Architects