The new Bournville College is an exciting scheme which forms part of the large-scale development of Longbridge, Birmingham. The £66 million purpose built premises bring together the three existing campuses, providing a 250,000ft2 education facility with capacity for 15,000 students. The development comprises a main teaching block made up of four separate blocks over five storeys. Facilities include a learning resource centre, business school, construction workshop and leisure and sport facilities. Faithful+Gould provided quantity surveying, employer’s agent and CDM co-ordination services.
The original college was established in 1899 to provide professional development for the Cadbury’s workforce. As a result of its long and rich history the college is of significant importance to the local community. The new college has been built on the former MG Rover site and forms a part of the overall £1 billion Longbridge Regeneration scheme being undertaken by St. Modwen, one of the UK’s leading regeneration specialists and the developer and joint landowner. The college is constructed from a mixed concrete and steel frame with high quality cladding materials and ‘statement’ features on the main elevations. The statement features required the use of innovative construction techniques which required careful consideration.
Sustainability is an important part of the overall Longbridge regeneration, and more than 5,000,000ft2 of redundant buildings have been cleared. The project has a target to recycle 95% of all on-site material during the development process. Bio remediation techniques have been used to recycle soil which may have been contaminated by oil and other hydro carbons. The River Rea, which has been underground since the early 1900s, will be returned to an open water course and will be a key feature of the site. It was crucial that the College was completed on time; not least because the buildings needed to be ready for occupation for the 2011 academic year. Phased handovers and occupation were successfully achieved, and the College has been hailed a landmark scheme in the West Midlands. Faithful+Gould’s involvement in the regeneration of Longbridge continues with the next phase comprising the development of a new £70 million town centre which will create 1,000 jobs.