1 March 2005
WYG, consultants to the built, natural and social environment are working for the University of Birmingham on the new School of Sport and Exercise Sciences on the west campus at Edgbaston which is now under construction.
The £11.2 million design and build scheme will see the complete redevelopment of this major area within the University. The project utilises the frame, foundations and floor slabs of two existing buildings as well as a new reinforced concrete frame,
As Structural and Civil Engineering Consultants for the project WYG have been working on their design and assessments for over 12 months, meeting the challenge of incorporating the high service requirements and the Architectural detail of development.
The new laboratory block required a high degree of air tightness as well as a larger than normal amount of mechanical and electrical services, to accommodate this, the reinforced concrete frame was chosen as the best option.
The new centre is in three distinct elements. Refurbished areas will become communal teaching facilities, including a 110 seat lecture theatre, and will be home to the administrative and teaching staffs. A new three storey extension will be built for laboratories. A central atrium will provide the link between these elements
The University of Birmingham's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, recognised as one of the leading research centres in the United Kingdom, is involved in pioneering work into the understanding and promotion of healthier lifestyles.
Head of School, Professor Doug Carroll says : -
"Research in this area will be boosted with the completion of the new centre's physiology, psychology, biochemistry and exercise laboratories. "
Peter Brooks, who is running the project from the Birmingham office of WYG says,
"We're delighted to be involved with this project. It is another major scheme within the higher education sector, an area of continuing significance to our business. Our success is a reflection of the efforts and good spirit of the whole design team and we are all very pleased to be playing our part in the development of this facility for the University of Birmingham."
SOL Construction: Construction.
ADP Architects; Architects.
Project Managers: Sand Project Management.
Couch Perry & Wilkes: Mechanical & Electrical Engineers.
Pinnegar Smith: Planning Supervisor.
WYG: Structural & Civil Engineers.
Construction is scheduled for completion in December 2005.