KJ Tait

Centre for Advanced Technologies – Barking and Dagenham College

Barking & Dagenham College
Project team
Adp Architecture

Barking and Dagenham College secured government funding to open an Institute of Technology (IOT).


This project involved a refurbishment to create a purpose built facility for advanced technologies to deliver advanced and higher level training.  The IOT provides specialisms in the following sectors:

  • Construction and Infrastructure Technologies
  • Advanced Engineering and Robotics
  • Creative Digital including Photography and a TV Studio

The Client Brief stipulated a requirement for low carbon design which creates a challenge in energy intensive technical buildings.  We modelled the occurrence of elevated temperatures using traditional mechanical ventilation systems and developed a hybrid ventilation heating and cooling system which significantly reduced the occurrence of elevated temperatures and delivered low running costs.


The solution integrated a natural ventilation heat recovery unit to maximise passive cooling, free cooling ventilation, night purge cooling and thermal mass storage.