Leicester College

Unique Joinery Facility

Design Manufacturing

The Brief

The architect designed a beautiful looking timber ‘pod’ that was to be used within the college’s joinery department for woodworking machines to be housed within.

The idea was that the students would use the noisy machines within the pod, where the disturbance would be contained, and then assemble the joinery items at their work stations externally to the pod.

The Solution

The one of a kind pod with it’s elliptical structure and spheroidal roof needed to be fully designed by the Cardinal team to ensure that it could be built and would be structurally safe.

After detailed computer modelling the rigorous and extremely important checks were completed to design to allow the manufacturing works to take place.

The pod was manufactured offsite and delivered to site in sections that were carefully erected in situ.

Alongside these internal successes the project also had to be delivered to a set cost and  timescale.

A truly unique structure which would take pride of place in any educational environment and inspire the future generations.