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  • 9.2m

    Contract value

  • Triple

    height atrium

  • 2021


Supporting the next generation of digital skills


  • City centre location
  • Ceramic rainscreen façade
  • Supporting a digital skills revolution

The new Digital and Data Centre at Exeter College will help train the next generation of digital professionals. Delivered as part of the wider South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT) the centre will offer courses on data analytics, cyber security, and software development. It will spearhead the digital skills revolution across the region.

Located on the college’s Hele Road campus in the centre of Exeter, the start of the art facility interfaces seamlessly into the existing ‘Hele building’. Located in a Conversation Area with a nearby ancient monument and listed buildings, the centre will be a landmark building for the College.

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Skills for the future

Delivered in partnership with SWIOT and its seven partners, Exeter College and SWIOT hope the building and its’ courses will provide education opportunities to proactively plug the digital skills gap in industry and support major employers in the region such as Oxygen House, Babcock and the Met Office.

The new classrooms and interactive workspaces will provide industry standard facilities and meet the changing demands of the community.

A gateway to the college

Operating on a tight live city centre campus, the Willmott Dixon team needed to adhere to comprehensive logistic plans to minimise the impact on what is normally a busy campus. Comprising of a steel frame with precast planks, the building features a lecture theatre, triple height atrium space and feature staircase. The façade is clad in ceramic rainscreen to mirror and enhance the local architecture. The principal elevation is made up curtain walling, with bronze brise solei providing passive shading. Willmott Dixon are also interfacing with and refurbishing the existing ‘Hele Building’ to be a new home for Exeter College T Level syllabus.

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