New build engineers more success with yet another prestigious award
The University of Wolverhampton’s new £45 million School of Architecture and Built Environment has engineered another success by scooping a top award at this year’s Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Awards.
The CABE Built Environment Awards are a marker of industry standards, giving building engineers recognition for excellence and ingenuity taking into consideration sustainability, inclusivity and societal impact.
Winners were selected by the Awards Panel made up of a team of industry experts.
The new School, which opened in August 2020, clinched the New Build Award at the CABE Gala Annual Dinner for demonstrating exceptional design, delivery, or performance in use, covering innovation, costs, procurement, as well as health and safety.
The new building, designed by Associated Architects and delivered by ISG, is the latest addition to the University’s £120m investment in a new construction excellence campus at the former Springfield Brewery site in the city - a brownfield regeneration project which has transformed the site.
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Once again, we’re absolutely delighted to see the work by all of our partners and our Estates and Facilities Team being recognised through winning yet another prestigious award.
“Our new School of Architecture and Built Environment sits at the heart of our major regeneration project at Springfield Campus and it’s wonderful to see the building being recognised, not only for its historical significance, but for the important role it will play in the future as a new build which will attract a whole new generation of students.”
The Awards Panel said: “The winner of this category gave the Awards Panel pause to consider the correct category as much of the building is a significant and impressive preservation of an 1871 brickwork façade, but all things considered, this project is undoubtedly a New Build and as such the Panel wishes to award them for their brilliant pairing of history and technology as this campus will serve much of the next generation of building engineers.”
The new School of Architecture and Built Environment offers specialist teaching and social learning spaces, design studios, specialist labs, multi-disciplinary workshops, lecture theatre, cafe, offices, meeting rooms, ICT rooms and a top floor super studio with double height ceilings. It provides space for nearly 1,100 existing students and 65 staff, with the number of students projected to grow over time to 1,600.
The school specialises in supporting skills in architecture, construction, civil engineering, building control, building services, facilities management, quantity surveying, planning, construction management, housing and commercial.
The Springfield redevelopment project is being project managed by Rider Levett Bucknall and is being managed by the University’s Estates and Facilities Team. The design team was made up of Associated Architects, who have designed the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, the School of Architecture and Built Environment and the National Brownfield Institute (NBI), conservation advisors Rodney Melville & Partners, mechanical and engineering by Couch Perry Wilkes, quantity surveying by Faithful and Gould and structural and civils engineer Atkins, providing landscape architecture. Delta Planning have worked on the NBI planning application submission.
The Springfield project is funded by the Black Country LEP, the European Regional Development Fund, the Government’s Growth Deals and the former Higher Education Funding Council for England. It is also sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Wedge Group Galvanizing.
The University’s partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council has also been crucial to the successful completion of the project.
Home to the Thomas Telford University Technical College (UTC), the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, and the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, the regeneration of the former Springfield Brewery is central to the University’s vision of enhancing the student experience and supporting business growth. It will also be home to the University’s new National Brownfield Research Institute for which the University recently secured £14.9 million funding from the BCLEP through the government’s Get Building Fund.
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