It is envisaged that the three-storey building will be environmentally friendly, with a “suspended solar shade screen running along the extent of the south elevation”.
The main entrance will be in the south-west corner with accesses the building via a large lobby and sliding glass security gates, overseen by a main reception desk.
A small café will be located immediately opposite the entrance.
There will be a 140 seat, two-storey high lecture hall at the entrance, and specialist ‘wet lab’ skills spaces for science, arts and health arranged around a shared informal study space.
On the first floor, there will be classrooms, a library, a multi-faith room, computer based specialist skills laboratories and an electronics laboratory.
A “central zone” will accommodate a range of informal study, seminar/meeting rooms and areas to wait between classes.
On the second floor, there will be activity-based staff workspaces, shared classrooms and a Muslim Prayer Room.
Again, a “central zone” will accommodate a range of informal study, seminar/meeting rooms and areas to wait between classes.
Moreover, each floor will include space for printers, water coolers, lockers and a microwave, while there will be gender neutral, accessible, male and female toilets.
A roof terrace in the north-west corner will face the cathedral.
The building has been designed to accommodate a maximum of 915 people, comprising 100 staff and 815 students.
It will also incorporate:
• “Best practice design” to reduce CO2 emissions, which will include selecting materials with “enhanced thermal insulation and air tightness”
• Recycled materials and locally sourced construction materials wherever possible
• Solar panels on the roof
• Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technology to decarbonise the energy supply, such as air source heat pump systems to transfer heat from outside to inside the building
• Low temperature heating networks within the building and reserved space to allow for the future connection of a low carbon district heating system that may come from local energy from a waste plant in Peterborough
• “Enhanced daylight provision” through “responsible window and roof light design” and automatic lighting controls
• A “sustainable drainage system” which will lessen the flood risk and “help to remove potentially contaminated material”
• Other water efficiency measures, such as low water capacity toilets
• Measures to encourage sustainable transport
• “Significant biodiversity gains” through the “enhancement and extension of habitats and the promotion of management actions that favour protected species”.