University of Wolverhampton submits new plans for Springfield Campus

WCN Editorial Team 6 Feb 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Wolverhampton has submitted new plans for its School of Architecture and the Built Environment at its £100m Springfield Campus development.

The scheme was modified after pre-construction works on the historic site found that structures of some of the original buildings were not viable and could not be incorporated into the plans.

Associated Architects has designed the new school, which centres around the original clock tower building.

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

The iconic clock tower building will be restored and a new building constructed around it. It will have a naturally lit open atrium spanning three floors, covered by a glass roof lantern.

The 7,900m2 build will use pre-cast white concrete, bronze metal cladding and glazing.

A saw tooth roof will represent the industrial buildings that stood on the site and a feature translucent light-box will mimic the former Springfield water tower tank that was destroyed in a fire.

The building will feature specialist teaching and social learning spaces, specialist labs, design studios, multi-disciplinary workshops, meeting rooms, lecture theatre, cafe, offices, ICT rooms and a top-floor super studio with double height ceilings.

A landscaped piazza and courtyard will link the new school with the rest of the site. The historic outer brick facade will be retained.

The school will provide space for 1,100 existing students and 65 staff.

The school will support skills in architecture, construction, civil engineering, building services, building control, facilities management, quantity surveying, planning, construction management, housing and commercial and will also house a brownfield research centre.

The plans for the school constitute the largest part of the first phase of the £100m redevelopment of the site to create the Springfield Campus. The aim is to deliver it in the 2019 to 2020 academic year as originally planned.

The 12-acre Springfield Campus will be a centre of excellence for the built environment, construction and high-value manufacturing.

The scheme is being managed by Rider Levett Bucknall.

The design team also comprises conservation advisors Rodney Melville & Partners, mechanical and engineering by Couch Perry Wilkes, quantity surveying by Faithful and Gould and structural and civils engineer Atkins, which will also provide landscape architecture.

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