Associated Architects was appointed to develop a campus strategy for Solihull College’s Blossomfield site. The existing campus had been developed and extended over time without a coherent masterplan strategy to define it and as a consequence was a compromised series of buildings with poor circulation legibility
The project aspiration was to provide a new focus to the campus through new and refurbished buildings, providing an opportunity for the College to restate its vision of providing excellence in education.
The project brief required a significant new building which would accommodate a new College entrance, performing arts space, art and media studios, land based studies department. This building would provide 16,000sq.m of the College’s total 28,000sq.m campus spatial requirement.
The existing buildings were to be refurbished to provide upgraded business, management, professional, hair and beauty, and sports accommodation, as well as upgraded of general teaching spaces.
The new building is located on the site of the previous engineering and arts buildings, running parallel to the range of existing buildings with a combined entrance and foyer space connecting old and new. This solution creates a new coherence to the campus, and provides a secure courtyard for students to use, gather and study in. It provides a series of flexible spaces, wrapping the courtyard and bringing all of the disparate departments into one whole development. The use of mixed-mode ventilation, high insulation and high thermal mass in the new building make it inherently low energy; refurbishment of the existing building’s glazing systems, insulation and ventilation strategy allow it to perform to a high standard.
Client: Solihull College
Project Value: £22.0m
BREEAM: Very Good
Award: Built in Quality Award