West Midlands UTC, Wolverhampton

Springfield Campus was originally a 12-acre brewery site that had been abandoned for 20 years. To increase the education infrastructure, within the region, plans for a proposed super campus were put in place. The University of Wolverhampton’s vision was to redevelop the former Brownfield site into a state-of-the-art construction skills campus that would benefit up to 600 pupils aged 14 to 19. The building design required that the existing Grade II listed structure would be retained with a new build extension.

Springfield campus was developed to prepare students for professional and technical careers in construction. Facilities include display and demonstration areas, an atrium style space to showcase students’ capabilities, teaching rooms, labs, construction workshop areas, offices and a cyber Cafe.

The design scheme had to meet with the Education Funding Authority (EFA) guidelines with respects to daylighting and TM52 ventilation, whilst remaining sympathetic to the Grade II listed features of the existing building.

Carefully selected lighting, was specified, to create comfortable teaching and learning spaces, but with additional emphasis on achieving environmental objectives.

IES-VE thermal modelling software was used to assess the user comfort and energy performance to meet TM52 adaptive comfort criteria. This also included EFA climate-based daylight modelling (CBDM) and Part L energy efficiency regulations.

The project was designed in BIM Revit MEP.