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ISG hands over new £28m School of Architecture and Built Environment to the University of Wolverhampton

15 September 2020

We’re delighted to announce that ISG have officially handed over the keys for the new £28m School of Architecture and Built Environment (SoABE) following completion of the building work which started in October 2018.

The scheme was procured through the first iteration of our Major Works framework and represents the latest addition to the University of Wolverhampton’s £100m investment in a new construction excellence campus at the former brewery.

The site of the former Springfield brewery has been transformed into Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus, bringing together businesses and the education sector to maximise impact on the economy.

It will also act as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, tailored to creating jobs and delivering the technical and professional experts required by the industry.

Wayne Flannery, ISG regional director, said: “It has been truly inspiring to be involved in the realisation of this outstanding regeneration project and help transform this site from its industry entrenched roots to the centre of learning excellence we see before us today.

“Delivery through the Pagabo Framework enabled early contractor engagement and stakeholder involvement allowing the successful journey and seamless handover of this project.

“Once the location of the Springfield Brewery, it has been transformed into the visionary new School of Architecture and the Built Environment, home to leading state-of-the-art learning facilities that will shape the next generation of industry leaders while maintaining elements of its heritage, such as the restored iconic brewery clock tower.”

Faithful+Gould, the Lot 1 provider on our Professional Services framework, led the multi-disciplinary design team and provided employer’s agent and cost management services on the school which specialises in supporting skills in architecture, construction, civil engineering and related sectors.

Simon Kendall, regional director at Faithful+Gould and project lead on SoABE, said: “It has been a long journey with every effort made to treat the existing buildings with respect and bring the heritage of the site back to life for future generations so it’s really satisfying to see the building being handed over to the university.”

The design by Associated Architects has kept as much heritage as possible and has added stunning new buildings which reflect the site’s historic industrial surroundings.

Inside the building there are specialist teaching and social learning spaces, design studios, specialist labs, multi-disciplinary workshops, lecture theatre, café, offices, meeting rooms, ICT rooms and a top floor super studio with double height ceilings.



Emma Hesbrook, Regional Relationship Manager at Pagabo and Former Procurement Manager at the University of Wolverhampton, added: “I started working on this project back in 2015, so to see it finally here and ready for students to enjoy is amazing! Pagabo’s Major Works framework was definitely the best value route for this scheme, so much so, that I even made the move to come and work for Pagabo. An absolutely fantastic project, and an amazing team. If this doesn’t receive some awards next year I’ll be very surprised!”


We’re absolutely delighted to see that after years of hard work the University finally has the keys to their new state of the art School of Architecture and Built Environment.

We know for certain that the new facilities will provide students with the platform they need to learn and develop into the next generation of construction professionals which is something we at Pagabo and our delivery partners are very proud to be a part of.

To find out more about the SoABE scheme and the development of the Springfield Campus, Faithful+Gould have created a project timeline which you can view below.

View SoABE timeline

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