The new £45 million School of Architecture and Built Environment (SoABE) at the University of Wolverhampton and the latest Associated Architects addition to the £120m Springfield site was named by Pagabo as its ‘best project above £15m’. 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 7,900 sq m project used a mix of pre-cast white concrete, bronze metal cladding and glazing over three floors. An impressive saw-tooth roof echoes the historic industrial buildings that stood on the site. 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 wider team for SoABE consisted of Atkins, ISG, Rodney Melville & Partners, Rider Levett Bucknall, Couch Perry Wilkes and Faithful and Gould. Pagabo helps public sector organisations across the UK by providing framework agreements and bespoke consultancy, delivered and backed up by a team of Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) qualified procurement professionals.