Sandwell College, Central Sixth

LocationWest Bromwich, UK
Services Building services engineering and sustainable design
Sector Education
Client Sandwell College
Architect Bond Bryan Architects

Alec Stewart

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The project entailed the refurbishment and remodelling of a bespoke art gallery & public theatre into a building to be used by Sandwell College for the education of sixth form students.

The original building, which was reported to have cost between £60-70m, became an unsustainable business unit for the local authority of Sandwell, and closed its doors to the public in 2013. Sandwell College seized the opportunity to acquire the large and unique building in a central town position, and now offer an estimated 800 additional places for post-16 students in West Bromwich.

Cundall provided preliminary proposals as part of Interserve Engineering Services contractors submission in procuring the project, and provided resident engineers co-located within the successful contractors office to develop the detailed scheme in line with programme and cost constraints. This allowed direct lines of communication and close proximity to the site in an effort to improve the understanding of the rare structure and architecture and to facilitate a challenging coordination exercise.

New mechanical and electrical services, were designed to achieve suitable energy performance parameters exceeding building regulations, aided by our sustainable design team.

Interserve handed over the project to Sandwell Futures Ltd on time and under budget, having reduced costs throughout the build programme.

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