Safety first for land-based design

For YSA Design, the formal opening of the new RS Sea Rescue Academy training and competence centre in Langgrunn near Horten in early 2018 is something of a unique reference, as a prestigious land-based project that draws heavily on our maritime heritage.

YSA Design won a competition outright to design interiors and landscaping for the RS centre, whose primary role lies in safety, survival at sea and rescue and emergency response training, but which will attract school visits and be hired out as a hospitality venue.

In housing conference facilities, overnight rooms, a restaurant and extensive exercise and recreational areas, the new centre is expected to develop into not only the leading facility in Norway, but also in Europe. Once opened, it will take over responsibility for state of the art simulators at the campus of the University College of South-Eastern Norway.

“This is a land-based project with a maritime-flavoured design, not only in terms of its function as a focus for maritime safety but due to its stunning views of the fjords” says Gunnar Aaserud, Partner, YSA Design. “It’s been a very nice project for YSA, providing a good example of the way we use our knowledge from designing for tight shipboard spaces for office and hotel space efficiency ashore without compromising aesthetic values. The design has been very well received here in Norway.”

The centre will also serve as an advisory resource for companies and organizations that face challenges in health, environment and safety-related issues. To ensure safety and quality, it is certified under ISO 9001: 2015 by Bureau Veritas, and holds all necessary approvals from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and Norwegian Oil and Gas, delivering training in accordance with international standards.