The brand new £66 million Bournville College campus in Birmingham, UK, designed by international architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, and built by national contractor Shepherd Construction for developer St Modwen, has been handed over to the College and students. The new 250,000 sq ft building and 4.2 acre campus has capacity for 15,000 students and will consolidate the College’s three existing campuses.
Salim Hussain, Associate at Broadway Malyan, said: “Our education sector experts have delivered a state-of-the-art Further Education facility that will provide students and staff with one of the most contemporary learning environments in Europe, following close partnering with stakeholders, including the College and Birmingham City Council.
“As one of the last of the major Learning and Skills Council-funded projects, the College has been designed as an assertive building to redefine the image of the College, maximise the potential of the landmark site and, as the first part of a wider masterplan, ensure the campus is a bold catalyst in the redevelopment and regeneration of the wider Longbridge area.”
The building is hinged around a dramatic linear central spine which houses classrooms. The spine links to ‘The Street’, which will act as the main social heart of the College, and provide a connection to the blocks around the perimeter which will be occupied by vocational study areas. The latter include glazed sections facing onto The Street, to provide ‘active frontages’ to passers-by.
Meanwhile, a Learning and Resource Centre, which will eventually face the new town square as part of the site’s masterplan, has been designed to present a strong welcoming image, with a fully-glazed façade wrapped by 34 huge glulam beams.
Peter Millett, Managing Director for Shepherd Construction’s West Division, commented: “We’re delighted to hand over the college. Not only will it provide fantastic modern facilities and a superb learning environment for the local community, but the building also symbolises a new era for Longbridge.”
Mark Batchelor, Construction Manager for St. Modwen, said: “The completion of this construction project is a huge milestone for Longbridge. The new Bournville College is a hugely impressive building and a real landmark for the area.
“However, while this project is now complete, we are also in the process of constructing 115 new homes and a Myplace youth centre here at Longbridge. Remediation work on the wider town centre project is underway and construction work is due to commence on the £70 million development before the end of the year.”
Norman Cave, Principal of Bournville College added: “This is a project that has been six years in the making from conception to completion. We’ve been waiting with anticipation for this milestone moment and are pleased about starting a new chapter in the history of Bournville College.”