Design award for learning centre


A CREATIVE LEARNING Centre in Crowborough that provides new ways of learning for teenagers has won a prestigious design award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The centre was runner-up in the design and innovation category in the RICS Awards, ahead of major design projects from across the South East.

The award was presented at an event at the Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water in Surrey on May 3.

Based at Beacon Community College, the Creative Learning Centre is for young people aged 11-19 and includes new technologies to transform the way teenagers learn.

Downstairs there is a central 3D cinema system and an immersive area with images on four walls and the floor.

The building also has digital ‘vertables’ onto which pictures and text can be projected and manipulated using a digital pen. The building can also be used for teacher training, for pupils with special educational needs and by visiting primary and secondary schools.

The centre is the main hub in a network of outreach centres based at other schools and colleges. It has also been shortlisted for an award by the Royal Institute of British Architects.