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University of Wolverhampton set to build new £26m environment school

University of Wolverhampton set to build new £26m environment school

ISG has been appointed to deliver the University of Wolverhampton’s new £26 million School of Architecture and Built Environment at its dedicated 12-acre Springfield Campus site. This will become Europe’s largest built environment education campus.

ISG is a dynamic global construction services company. Specialising in fit out, technology, construction and development, they are dedicated to delivering places that help people and businesses thrive.

About the project

ISG procured the project via the influential Pagabo Framework. The new building will be constructed at the former Springfield Brewery site and represents the largest part of the first phase of the £100m redevelopment of the city centre site to create the Springfield Campus. Moreover, the project is the highest value capital works schemes the University has ever undertaken.

The new school has been designed by Associated Architects and will be constructed around the Springfield Brewery clock tower which will be sensitively restored as part of the project. A new build three-storey steel frame structure will wrap around the existing tower, and ISG will retain the outer brick façade of the former brewery building. This will marry the old with the new and transforms the Grade II listed brewery into the Springfield Campus.

Designed to reflect the historical context of the site, a key element of the new building is the striking saw-tooth profile of the roof – echoing the industrial buildings that once stood on the site.

Featuring a full-height atrium, the 85,000 sq ft building will provide purpose-built space for around 1,200 students and 65 staff, with specialist laboratories, multi-disciplinary workshops, ICT suites, a lecture theatre and an upper level ‘super’ studio with double-height ceilings.

The scheme will also provide social learning and workspaces, a café, offices and meeting rooms.

Externally, ISG will create a landscaped piazza and courtyard area linking the new school together with the rest of the facilities on site.

ISG “highly motivated”

Wayne Flannery, ISG’s regional director, commented: “Helping to deliver on the University of Wolverhampton’s vision for a dedicated centre of excellence for built environment learning is highly motivating for our team.

“It’s inspiring to work collaboratively with a customer so focused on creating the very best facilities for students to excel in their studies, and the attention to detail and design ethos of this new building is an excellent case study for generations of students to come.

“Procurement through the Pagabo Framework has enabled early contractor engagement and fostered a superb team spirit and approach from all project stakeholders, who have all bought into the University’s visionary approach to teaching contemporary built environment disciplines.

“This project and the wider development will undoubtedly act as the catalyst for the wider redevelopment of Wolverhampton’s Canal Side Quarter.”

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