St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School


The new Reece Building provides integrated technology and engineering teaching space for St. Cuthbert’s Catholic High School. It was funded by the Reece Foundation, a charity founded by the late Alan Reece to promote the teaching of technology and engineering in the North East of England.

The 320 sqm building includes a large workshop with ICT, Systems & Controls, production and testing areas, a separate dedicated CAD / CAM Booth, separate 48-seat lecture theatre, stores and ancillary spaces.

The striking design was driven from the outset by the Client’s brief to provide a building that could be used as a teaching aid in itself. Features include an exposed external structural frame, exposed internal mechanical and electrical services and facades intended to evoke modern, unitised engineering and manufacturing processes. IBA’s design was instrumental in securing funding from the Foundation.

The building is highly insulated and incorporates a number of energy saving technologies resulting in an EPC rating of ‘B’.

IBA acted as Architect, Lead Consultant and Contract Administrator for the project.

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