The iconic centre is a dedicated centre of excellence and innovation, with a range of training, education and business support services geared to providing and enhancing skills within both the local and national workforce, and making the most of the opportunities these industries hold.
This development is a key part of the drive to turn West Cumbria into a global centre for energy, environment and technology, consistent with the aims of the emerging West Cumbria Masterplan and the Energy Coast Initiative. The two-storey state-of the- art building includes engineering workshops, training and meeting rooms, an auditorium and is home to the University of Cumbria’s Learning Gateway West.
The brief was to bring ENERGUS’ brand alive in the impressive atrium space to embrace the centre’s future ambitions for the region.
The atrium space creates a dramatic effect with an 80 metre graphic image inspired by ideas of energy and movement which reflects the contemporary feel of the new academy and also injects colour and energy into a predominantly white space. The first area in the atrium is a dramatic reception desk with a specially commissioned chandelier which has 330 fibre optic strands with acrylic cones.
The atrium acts as the heart of the building and provides multi-functional seminar space, an informal meeting area, a presentation area and flexible exhibition space, using the moveable bold white ‘shards’, finished in corian, as projection screens. The space also has a lively cafe area which adds to the overall atmosphere in the atrium and helps to further encourage the users to interact and share ideas.
Ann Clarke, Joint Managing Director at Claremont, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with such an exciting project from the outset. The concept was based on stretching the imagination, to initially startle, engage and ultimately enthuse. We do believe that this iconic building has brought the ENERGUS brand to life.”