Start on site for University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and Built Environment

Angelina Padovano
The University of Wolverhampton’s (UoW) School of Architecture and Built Environment (SOABE) scheme has now started on site.

Once built, SOABE, on which SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business is 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 new design aims to keep as much heritage as possible and add stunning new buildings which reflect the site’s historic industrial surroundings. 

Simon Kendall, regional director of SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business and project lead on SOABE said: “It has been a long journey with every effort 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 construction works about to start. The project will provide a fantastic opportunity for future construction professionals to understand how buildings fit together and work and be an exemplar of how to regenerate an historic site with a careful blend of restoration and sympathetically designed new build buildings.”

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

The iconic clock tower building will be restored, and a new building wrapped around it. At its heart will be a naturally lit open atrium spanning three floors, covered by a glass roof lantern.

Inside the building there will be 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.

Outside will be a landscaped piazza and courtyard linking the new School together with the rest of the site and the historic outer brick facade will be retained.

"Once complete it will offer an unrivalled built environment hub and centre of excellence which will be among the biggest and best in Europe."

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.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Jackie Dunne, who is the University’s project lead for Springfield, said: This is the biggest and final part of the first phase of Springfield’s redevelopment and one of the biggest capital projects we have ever undertaken.

“Once complete it will offer an unrivalled built environment hub and centre of excellence which will be among the biggest and best in Europe.”

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

 

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