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Client: University of Birmingham
Project value: £22m

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Description

The new build school is located on the University’s Selly Oak site, close to the main Edgbaston campus which offers a
wide range of facilities.
The purpose build UTS provides places for 11-16 year olds, with intakes into Years 7 and 12 in September 2015 and an academically-selective Sixth Form.
The school is expected to grow to its full capacity of 1,150 within 5 years.
The accommodation comprises two wings of general teaching spaces together with science laboratories, art and music rooms in the main building which are arranged around a central,
triple height forum space. Individual year base clusters are provided incorporating classrooms, staff bases, meeting rooms and toilet blocks arranged around central social learning spaces. An ICT rich innovation room within each cluster will also provide a highly flexible environment for experimentation in different teaching methods.

This is one of the UK’s first University Training Schools (UTS), which embeds teacher training and trainee teachers into every aspect of its activity and will develop the next generation of outstanding teachers for the region and the nation.
Daylight is maximised to classrooms and social learning spaces within the clusters, while clerestory glazing and rooflights allow daylight penetration to the centre of the forum. The building
employs exposed thermal mass and mixed-mode ventilation contribute to a low EPC.