Work begins on £5m teaching facility at Joseph Chamberlain College

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Joseph Chamberlain College -model

West Midlands-based construction company, mac-group, has started work on a £5m teaching facility at Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham

The new 1500m2 three-storey teaching facility will include 13 classrooms and learning spaces, including ICT, digital lounge and conference room, as well as ancillary facilities for staff, such as meeting rooms and offices, plus a break-out lounge for students.

The building has been designed by architect Glancy Nicholls and will sit within the existing college campus, in Balsall Heath. It will feature a brickwork and copper cladding exterior, and a single-storey entrance and reception.

The new £5m teaching facility will include a range of sustainable features

A range of sustainable features will be incorporated, such as green and blue roof systems – designed to attenuate stormwater into the main drainage system, roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays and air source heat pump systems. Inside, underfloor heating will also be installed throughout to maximise teaching space with natural and mechanical ventilation.

The works also include landscaping on the site.

Procure Partnerships West Midlands Framework

The scheme is the first for mac from the Procure Partnerships West Midlands Framework – which supports public sector bodies to procure contractor partners.

Ramboll has been appointed to do structural engineering, while Virtus is project managing the build and DW Pointer is the consultant for mechanical and electrical services.

Ray O’Sullivan of mac-group, said: “We’re proud to have been selected as a supplier to the Procure Partnerships West Midlands Framework and are pleased to have begun the construction work on this new, much-needed building for Joseph Chamberlain College.”

Construction is expected to be completed in Q1 2023.


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