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Saunders Boston was appointed by Colchester Institute as lead consultants to refurbish the existing Sports Hall on the Braintree Campus site into a STEM teaching facility. The new STEM building provides workshop space for a wider range of vocational training and additional flexible teaching space which will allow the College to expand their educations offering.

Retaining the existing building fabric, a new mezzanine floor constructed of steel frame with profiled metal deck and reinforced concrete topping has been inserted into the sports hall to provide a first floor. The facility accommodates brickwork, advanced technology, fabrication/welding workshops on the ground floor and conference, media lab, plumbing workshop, engineering maintenance workshop, ICT classrooms and general classrooms on the first floor. The classrooms on the first floor provide future flexibility allowing opportunities to remove dividing walls in order to convert the teaching spaces into additional workshop space.

The scheme is designed with naturally ventilated classroom spaces and general extract systems for the workshops to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.











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New MRI Scanner

March 2016

Saunders Boston Architects has a lot of experience in technically complex research projects and have been involved in several projects for the School of Clinical Medicine in the University of Cambridge, including a recently completed extension to the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) Radiopharmaceutical Laboratory. The Laboratory is a ‘clean room’ designed to MHRA standards containing ‘Hot Cells’ that manufacture Radioactive Isotopes for injection into patients prior to undergoing scans.

The next stage of development at WBIC is a 3 phase replacement of the scanners themselves, the first phase of which is nearing completion on site with the recent installation of a 7T (Tesla) MRI scanner. This scanner will operate at double the resolution of most scanners in use today. It is the first of its type to be installed in the UK and only the second in the world.

The link below is to a short video clip on Cambridge TV showing the scanner being installed and interviews with some of the University scientists involved explaining the research and treatment benefits of the new scanner;

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