Faithful+Gould celebrates project milestones on University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and Built Environment scheme

Angelina Padovano
The design team for the University of Wolverhampton’s (UoW) School of Architecture and Built Environment (SOABE) scheme has marked their project successes to date with a celebratory event.

Simon Kendall, regional director at SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business and cost management lead on SOABE said: “I’m excited to be at the forefront of such an important project for the West Midlands. He added “Whilst the build phase of the project hasn’t yet started on site, the team has undertaken so much hard work to get to this point and the event was a chance for the team to come together, take stock and celebrate what we have achieved so far alongside our client.”

Project milestones completed include achieving planning consent and the enabling works contract award. Once built, SOABE, on which Faithful+Gould are leading the multi-disciplinary design team and providing employer’s agent and cost management services, will provide space for nearly 1,100 existing students and 65 staff. The School will specialise in supporting skills in architecture, construction, civil engineering and related sectors. It will also house a brownfield research centre.

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 site of the former Springfield brewery has been transformed into Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus, bringing together businesses and the education sector to maximise impact on the economy. It will also act as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, tailored to creating jobs and delivering the technical and professional experts required by the industry.  

"I’m excited to be at the forefront of such an important project for the West Midlands...Whilst the build phase of the project hasn’t yet started on site, the team has undertaken so much hard work to get to this point and the event was a chance for the team to come together, take stock and celebrate what we have achieved so far alongside our client." Simon Kendall, regional director at SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business and cost management lead on SOABE. 

Faithful+Gould also delivered multi-disciplinary services on the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, the second project to be delivered on the Springfield Campus.

About the Campus, professor Geoff Layer, vice-chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Serving the needs of the area. Serving the needs of the construction industry. And making a major step-change for the city and the area.”

The next project milestone will be the main start on start on site happening in September 2018.

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