City of Westminster College

City of Westminster College ensures IT will be a key enabler of learning for £102m campus development project.

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Location


London, UK

Overview


The new CWC Paddington Green Campus, providing 24,000 m2 of floor space, is
expected to open in January 2011. The College’s brief was for high quality architecture and sustainability in a building that takes full advantage of a key location in the borough. The provision of the most flexible technology was integral to the design of the new Paddington Green building. One of the lynchpins of the new main campus is that it will allow students to tailor their study to learn in an increasingly flexible and personal way.

Highlights


  • IT Strategy, business case and budget to secure approval from LSC for £102m Future College project
  • Detailed IT design for IP Telephony; AV Technology; IT Infrastructure; and, Enterprise Network
  • Tender process managed in line with OJEU guidelines
  • Ongoing project management to ensure IT incorporated as part of construction programme
  • Successful trial of VDI technology to demonstrate benefits of its use including reduced power consumption, cooling and lower cost of ownership

“The ICT infrastructure is recognised as an incredibly important part of the City of Westminster College’s strategy to achieve our vision of being a college that provides a teaching and learning environment to inspire pupils, staff and the local community. We challenged the Design Team, including PTS Consulting, to deliver an exceptional product for our community. PTS Consulting’s experience in the development of large scale public buildings meant that its people were qualified to challenge us in return and filled the role of trusted advisor providing a continuous project management role working collaboratively with our own teams at the College.”

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Summary


The flexibility of the IT design means almost every area of the building becomes a
potential learning zone. Wireless computer access will make it easy to find a quiet corner for study and relaxed seating and working arrangements will allow students to meet in groups to study or swap ideas.

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