University of Birmingham appoints Willmott Dixon for second project in 2018
August 08, 2018 – Willmott Dixon has secured a £46.5m contract from the University of Birmingham to deliver a new home for the School of Engineering.
This is the second time that Willmott Dixon has been appointed by the University of Birmingham for a major project in 2018, bringing the value of work being delivered by the company for the university to nearly £90m.
Formed in January 2016, the School of Engineering includes the disciplines of civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic, electrical and systems engineering.
The new building will accommodate the School of Engineering and the UKRRIN Rail Digital Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC).
The UKRRIN Rail Digital Systems Innovation Centre will establish a centre of excellence and research for railway research on digital systems, focusing on railway control and simulation, and data integration and cyber security.
The building will offer contemporary and flexible design and research spaces that will act as incubator for innovation and strengthen teaching and research partnerships.
It will also provide spatial requirements of office, meeting and lab spaces for the school’s projected growth. These spaces will be established around an atrium containing flexible learning environments to enable greater collaboration between staff and students.
The building’s interior, designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, will feature exposed structural elements such as supports, pipework and services.
Externally, the building will feature a half-brick, half-clad facade, with visual cues taken from railway lines and trackside signalling.
Work on the project, which was secured through the Constructing West Midlands Framework, commences in August.
Earlier in 2018, Willmott Dixon was appointed for the university’s Teaching and Learning Building.
Relocation of the School of Engineering to the new building is part of the university’s masterplan to bring schools together on the campus, creating an engineering hub.
Willmott Dixon has recently completed the university’s new research data centre, while the Teaching and Learning Building will welcome its first intake of Year 12 students once completed in 2020.
Willmott Dixon’s other current projects include the new School of Medicine for Anglia Ruskin University in Essex, Kingston University’s new landmark Town House, a modern sports hub for the University of Warwick and converting a former naval hospital within a world heritage site into a student hub for the University of Greenwich.