17 October 2018
Work is set to start this month on a flagship facility at the University of Wolverhampton’s £100m Springfield Campus.
The university’s new School of Architecture and the Built Environment will rise from the ground around the current building’s original clock and tower, both of which will be restored.
The new 7,900 sq m building will have three floors and will feature a ‘saw-tooth’ roof, designed to echo the historic industrial buildings that once stood on the site
The building will include specialist teaching and social learning spaces, design studios, specialist labs, multi-disciplinary workshops, lecture theatre, café, offices, meeting rooms, ICT rooms and a top floor studio with double height ceilings.
When completed, it will provide space for nearly 1,100 existing students and 65 staff, with the number of students projected to grow over time to 1,600.
Deputy vice-chancellor Jackie Dunne, the university’s project lead for Springfield, said: “The School of Architecture and Built Environment is the flagship build of the first phase of the redevelopment of Springfield.
“We’re really excited about this project. It will be a stunning addition to the University’s estate and provide first-class state-of-the-art facilities for students studying with us in these disciplines.
“Our vision is for Springfield Campus to be the place people associate with architecture and the built environment and it will offer an unrivalled source of knowledge, research and expertise for the sector.”
The plans for the School of Architecture form the largest part of the first phase of the £100m redevelopment of the site to create the Springfield Campus. The aim is that it will be delivered in Spring-Summer 2020.
It will join the West Midlands University Technical College, which opened in January 2017, and the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills Hub, which was officially opened this month.
The new building has been designed by Associated Architects and built by construction firm ISG.
Pictured: An artist's impression of the School of Architecture.