Following the granting of T Level funding, the Cyberscape project at Askham Bryan College is due to begin on site this April.

Proposals for the Cyberscape project aim to upgrade the existing education facilities to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment at Askham Bryan College for a modern, future thinking immersive digital campus in keeping with the college’s culture of high aspiration and achievement. The new programme of spaces will act as a new centre of excellence for digital learning, supporting the teaching and application of pioneering technologies including virtual reality, drone technology, simulation and data capture.

The reorganisation of existing spaces will support new learning and user requirements while the replacement and upgrade of the existing roof and windows and installation of blown cavity insulation will increase the thermal efficiency of the existing building fabric, reducing the demand for space heating and cooling. The installation of an efficient heating system and lighting, and a large PV array will contribute towards achieving net-zero operational carbon targets.

Architecturally, the new aluminium windows are positioned within existing openings and set between vertical oak panelling above and below, upgrading the overall image of the building. New oak entrance canopies and an oak panelled foyer space will provide a warmer and more welcoming approach to the building, in keeping with the language of new buildings on the Askham Bryan Campus.

Evans McDowall Architects are looking forward to delivering this project as it starts on site.