Construction Enquirer News Construction to start next year on latest addition to University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus

Construction of a new £17.5m National Brownfield Institute (NBI) in Wolverhampton will start in the New Year after it received planning approval on Friday.

ISG has also been confirmed as main contractor for the institute that will provide the facility to develop modern methods of building through innovation and partnership with the construction industry.

The NBI will be built on the University of Wolverhampton’s £120m Springfield Campus and will focus on the practical application of future brownfield regeneration through the work of research teams, leading policy development and commercial services.

The scheme will receive £14.9m of funding from the Government’s Get Building Fund for the West Midlands.

Councillor Stephen Simkins, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is an exciting moment as it means the construction of the National Brownfield Institute can start in the New Year.

“It is yet another sign of the confidence being shown in Wolverhampton as a place to invest and live, as our regeneration plans change our city and relight it despite the huge challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown at us.

“We have seen the University’s Springfield Campus blossom into the reality of a European-leading Built Environment education campus.

“The addition of the National Brownfield Institute will make Wolverhampton a world leader in construction, regeneration and built environment, offering teaching and skills development, cutting edge research and innovation, and enterprise and business engagement through multi-sector partnerships.”

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor at the University, said: “Our Estates and Facilities team has worked closely with Architectural, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical consultants including Associated Architects, CPW and Atkins alongside the construction contractor, ISG Limited, to deliver this approval.

“We are working really hard behind the scenes to ensure that this project is moving forward quickly and each milestone we achieve is a step closer to the next building.

“The NBI will be integral to the way we look at land remediation and regeneration across the Black Country and the UK and will play a pivotal part in unlocking industrial land to help tackle the housing shortage in our towns and cities.”

The 12-acre Springfield Campus is already home to the Thomas Telford University Technical College, Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills and the recently opened School of Architecture and Built Environment.

These facilities combined with the NBI will lay the foundation for the delivery of a National Centre for Sustainable Construction and Circular Economy, which will focus on sustainability and the climate change emergency.

 

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