University Centre Harlow

Designed by AD Architects in Hertford, the University Centre Harlow building, provides inspiration for learning with open spaces and light flooding in from all directions.

University Centre Harlow was created through a partnership between Harlow College and Anglia Ruskin University. Around 200 students study 12 different degree courses in subjects such as bioscience, engineering, graphic design, journalism and early years education.

The building, which incorporates a 96-seat lecture theatre, video conferencing, a range of computer suites and a 116-seat performing arts theatre, provides a bright and warm environment to ease learning for students whilst also being a high quality teaching facility for lecturers.

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Each floor carries a different colour scheme but the ‘Fusion’ doorsets with powder coated door frames and light oak veneers are constant throughout. Monaghan worked closely with the architectural and construction team from conception through to final delivery. The contractor, Hutton Construction, commented on the refreshingly proactive attitude of the Monaghan team and how members ensured that meetings were focused, actions clearly identified and timelines agreed.

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A recent survey of the building showed that the doorsets had stood up well to the test of time, not to mention a few thousand students. Shortly after completion, the quality of the doorsets was described as ‘Very Good’ and, six years on, the quality of the doorsets has again been described as ‘Very Good’ with no scratches or damage of concern and the door frames only required occasional cleaning. It was not envisaged that the door frames would never require redecoration but, based upon present performance, they are expected to last the lifetime of the building.

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