Blackburn College Beacon Centre Blackburn


DLA Architecture




Bardsley Construction Ltd

Blackburn College Beacon Centre has spectacular architectural appeal through the use of Rimex Pagoda Blue Stainless Steel cladding, giving the building a striking appearance in the heart of Blackburn.


Bardsley Construction were appointed by Blackburn College for the design and the construction of 8,000m2 of a new build Further Education accommodation built over three storeys achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The building accommodates specialist teaching space for the Colleges healthcare, childcare and creative arts education provision. There is also support space, namely main reception, student services/support, Learning Resource Centre, registry and common space. The steel frame structure is clad with facing brick, aluminium windows with brise soleil shading and striking blue stainless steel Rimex Pagoda cladding.

The difficulties associated with this project were in the correct and detailed installation of the Rimex. The photographs show how the Rimex cladding forms part of the main visual appeal of the building, due to the natural reflection and shading of the material it was imperative that our in house fabrication team and highly skilled onsite operatives worked with great care and attention to detail to avoid any damage or unwanted undulation in the panels as this would affect the overall appearance of the finished product. This was exacerbated by the directional nature of the material that requires the very highest quality of craftsmanship to achieve the desired results.

Everything was pre-fabricated and measured off-site in order to ensure the highest accuracy during the installation. The rear of the joints were scalloped to ensure a smooth fit with no saw-toothing.  Longworth’s believe this building has become a focal point of Blackburn town centre and the Rimex cladding gives the building its main appeal.

Blackburn College Steel frame Longworth pre rimex
Hemsec composite panel pre rimex
Window detail rimex
Rimex blackburn college
Blackburn College Rimex
Blackburn College Rimex window panel
Blackburn College Rimex steel
Blackburn College Rimex blue steel
Blackburn College Rimex dusk
Blackburn College Rimex and copper
Blackburn College Rimex and copper
Blackburn College Rimex phase 3
Blackburn College Rimex main entrance elevation
Blackburn College Rimex side elevation
Blackburn College Rimex window reveals
Blackburn College at night rimex


  • Rimex Pagoda Blue Stainless Steel
  • Hemsec composite panel build up

What our clients say

"The efforts during the construction stage of the works must be commended. The quality of the finished product is evident to anyone who cares to visit the campus at Stockport College."

Tom Herd - Senior Design Manager, Wates Construction