Project: New School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Springfield Campus, Wolverhampton
Client: Wolverhampton University
The Springfeld Brewery site was once home to William Butler & Co. which later became Mitchell and Butler and at its height of production was supplying some 1600 barrels a week to local pubs and those across the UK. The site stopped brewering in the early 1990’s and a large fire in 2006 left the original buildings in a ruinous state.
The University of Wolverhampton bought the site with a view to transforming it into a centre of excellence for the built environment.
Alongside the UTC which is already on site, the School of Architecture and the Built Environment will be a smart specialisation hub in digital and environmental technologies, and will offer a full range of accredited courses. It will provide space initially for nearly 800 students and 50 staff, with the number of students projected to rise to more than 1,200. The ambitious project will provide 8100 sqm of space to create an atrium, open plan design studios, lab and workshop space, research space, lecture theatres, classrooms, social learning space, student services, catering and café facilities and administrative support.
Matthew was Project Architect at Atkins for this project from Stage 0 through to early Stage 3.
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