Faithful+Gould’s SoABE scheme handed over to University of Wolverhampton

Angelina Padovano
The University of Wolverhampton has taken delivery of the keys to the new £28 million School of Architecture and Built Environment (SoABE) following completion of the building work which started in October 2018.

Faithful+Gould led the multi-disciplinary design team and provided employer’s agent and cost management services on the school which specialises in supporting skills in architecture, construction, civil engineering and related sectors. 

Work was only temporarily disrupted on the site due to pandemic lockdown restrictions and main contractor ISG carried out the remainder of the work with a reduced workforce, in line with revised protocols and protective measures enabling progress.

The Associated Architects designed building, is the latest addition to the University’s £100 million investment in a new construction excellence campus at the former brewery.

Simon Kendall, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould and project lead on SoABE, said: “It has been a long journey with stakeholder collaboration and cooperation key to its successful completion.

“Every effort has been made to treat the existing buildings with respect and bring the heritage of the site back to life for future generations so it’s really satisfying to see the building being handed over to the university.”

The design has kept as much heritage as possible and has added stunning new buildings which reflect the site’s historic industrial surroundings. Designers have worked closely with conservation specialists, planners and Historic England.

Inside the building there are 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 super studio with double height ceilings.

SoABE forms 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.  

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “This is a momentous occasion for the University and the culmination of a vision which has transformed a derelict piece of land into a magnificent place of learning and research which will change the way people view brownfield regeneration…”

To find out more about the SoABE scheme and the development of the Springfield Campus, we have created an online timeline which highlights the key project milestones

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