31 March 2021

Hi Tech and Digital Centre
Paignton, Devon

Project Details

Customer:                   South Devon College

Value:                         £9.6m

Duration:                     14 months

Completion Date:       July 2019

Contract Type:            NEC3 Option A

Procurement Type:     Competitive 2 stage tender

GIFA:                          4358m2



  • Winner – Education Project of the Year (over £5m) - Michelmores Property Awards
  • Shortlisted – Education category - RICS Social Impact Awards South West 2020
  • Shortlisted – Building of the Year - Michelmores Property Awards 2020
  • Shortlisted – Integration Project of the Year - Lighting Design Awards 2020
  • Shortlisted – Building Project of the Year & Value Award - Constructing Excellence South West Awards 2020
  • Shortlisted – Light & Surface Exterior - International Surface Design Awards 2020 (Michael Grubb Studio)
  • Shortlisted – Structures (Low Budget) - International [d]arc Awards 2019 (Michael Grubb Studio)
  • CCS Score 42/50
  • BREEAM Excellent
  • Surpassed targets for the Employment and Skills Plan (ESP)


Project Summary

Customer Brief:

To provide a leading-edge education, business and skills facility to meet the demand for qualified, work-ready employees of the future for high-level, sustainable jobs; supporting economically and strategically important sectors.

The Hi Tech & Digital Centre is a striking new building for South Devon College’s thriving hi tech manufacturing, digital and creative departments, supporting these growing regional sectors. Behind the dramatic lighting installation, which wraps around the entrance pod, the building houses a light-filled, triple-height street; flanked by engineering and electronic workshops, screening suite, start-up units, specialist studios, and café. Beautiful, energy-efficient and innovative, the building provides a highly specialist, inspiring education environment with collaboration at its heart.




Works completed on a live college campus, in proximity to live educational buildings with access for student parking going past the site entrance. Midas maintained strict control of pedestrian and vehicle access, noise and dust.


The project surpassed its target to achieve BREEAM Excellent, putting it in the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings; with elements including natural ventilation, PV array, cycle storage for 56 bicycles, electric car charging points, installation of bat and bird boxes, creation of a wildflower meadow with native hedgerows and diversion of 93% of waste from landfill.

Added Value:

The project exceeded Employment and Skills Plan (ESP) targets; facilitating 10 work placements and creating 11 jobs; attending 38 Construction Careers Information, Advice & Guidance (CCIAG) Events; delivering 347 waged training weeks on site; supporting 48 workforce qualifications and delivering 13 training plans for subcontractors.  

Three students enrolled at South Devon College at the start of the 2018 academic year (pictured below with our ESP Team) worked on delivering the build of the Hi Tech Centre and students from the South Devon College Business academy attended the site for tours and a presentation on health and safety in construction. 




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