The iconic design marked a new stage in the tuition at the university and required early collaboration with the client’s design team. This ensured design aspirations were carried through and achieved faster mobilisation and procurement.
To achieve the architectural design, we maximised soffit space and installed a 500ml raised access floor. This created a sealed plenum for conditioned air and resulted in no visible ductwork. The striking external elevational treatments included a bespoke rain screen cladding solution. The ground floor engineering laboratory required specialist technical bays which included a wind tunnel which was used for transportation aerodynamics.
To accommodate 60-90 pupils at one time, the rooms were designed for multiple functionality. We installed an innovative flexible Audio-Visual system meaning each space could be occupied singly or split into three with all technology maintained.
The fast track project was delivered within 18 months of inception, with a 12 month construction period. Modern methods of construction including composite longspan cladding panels as a carrier system resulted in reduced steel cost and saved seven weeks in the programme whilst achieving the quality aspirations.
We worked collaboratively with the design team to develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 and BIM Level 2. To provide programme certainty, we utilised the 3D BIM model to develop a week by week programme from steel frame to watertight, utilising the tool as a benchmark at weekly progress meetings.
To make sure the building remained watertight whilst the extensive glazing was installed to the atrium, Kier designed a bespoke full height tensioned weatherproofing screen. Spanning 50m x 30m, the screen provided a seal protection to the entire entrance glazed elevation. We also worked collaboratively to design a bespoke temporary floor. This enabled construction works to proceed during the 18-week procurement for the bespoke roof lights.
Funded by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the new strikingly designed three-storey 2,400m² innovative Degree Apprenticeship Centre provides a bridge from education to industry through the WMG Model, bringing together the best of higher education and work-based learning.
The centre features a number of technology-enabled seminar rooms and multi-functional teaching rooms, breakout space for students, employee offices, a laboratory and a wind tunnel to be used for transportation aerodynamics.
Throughout construction, we undertook a number of social value activities giving 8% of the contract value back through social value. This includes:
- Creating three part-time jobs
- Providing three apprenticeship opportunities (40 weeks in total)
- Hosting three work experience opportunities
- 10 people days of technical training
- 50 WMG Academy pupil site visits
- 82% of spend with companies in a 50-mile radius
Best value for the University was achieved through a comprehensive Innovation & Value Engineering exercise that resulted in over £466k of added value being built into the scheme. Items of innovation include bespoke internal acoustic treatments to the two atriums, bespoke rainscreen cladding system, underfloor and ceiling plenums to transfer conditioned air throughout the building.
We constructed the WMG Academy in 2014 and we brought the students to Digital Construction Centre for site tours. We now host a monthly class, with our sister site, Cryfield University, and will offer one student a six week placement.
" I am really pleased to say that the project was not only delivered on programme and in budget, but with no compromises in design quality. "Project Manager University of Warwick
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Building a new school for 1,100 students within the grounds of the original. Abiding by strict environmental regulations and generating a wealth of social value within the local community.
The addition of high-class sport and leisure facilities for one of the UK’s most distinguished private schools has created flexible, multi-purpose spaces wrapped around the existing centre. Alongside a new sports hall, activity studios, squash courts and a gym, are additional changing rooms, a MUGA and new car park.
Refurbishment and fit-out of a six-storey 19th-century mill building and coach house with a new build sports hall in Bradford for Dixons Academies Trust, maintaining the building’s heritage and ensuring it is suitable for teaching.
Updating an icon, providing pride of place for Charles Darwin’s finds, creating a prominent spot for a fully-fledged Finback whale, and being test abseiled by Sir David Attenborough.
Procured through the Scape National Minor Works Framework, this scheme involved the construction of a new primary school provision at the existing Stowlawn Primary School in Bilston, Wolverhampton. Unique to this project was the building’s existing Passivhaus principals and bespoke brickwork façade.
Procured through the Scape National Minor Works Framework, this extension and remodelling project has increased the School’s capacity whilst improving their Ofsted rating from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
Creating a ‘Knowledge Quarter’ for Liverpool, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, delivering a highly adaptable research environment and incubator space for start-ups and SMEs who are developing digital sensor technologies and applications.
Bringing an iconic and sustainable development to the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales, providing 40,000 sq. ft. of accommodation for for Welsh Media company S4C and the University's new media faculty and offices, and achieving a BREEAM Excellent certificate for sustainability.
The design and construction of a sports pavilion, including FA compliant changing facilities, gym, office space and flexible recreation areas. In addition a first floor balcony was incorporated into the design which overlooks the sports pitches.
New build secondary school developed under the Education Skills and Funding Agency's (ESFA) Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), providing modern accommodation with increased pupil capacity and facilities for classrooms, in addition to a Learning Resource Centre which integrates with pupil breakout areas.
The UK – and Coventry as a city - is well-established as a leader in automotive, aerospace, rail and marine design. Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) aims to boost design innovation in the transport sector and bridge the current shortfall in creative skills.
New build secondary school developed under the ESFA’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), providing modern accommodation with increased pupil capacity for 1,200 pupils and 300 post-16 students.
Designing and constructing of a new joint campus school for The Highland Council to incorporate two neighbouring primary schools, Caol Primary School and St Columba's RC Primary School, together with a community facility.
Undertaking a major refurbishment of a former Council building, originally a late Edwardian school, into a new school in Haringey, for 104 students aged 5–19 who have a primary diagnosis of autism.
Kier Design and Business Services working in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney to deliver mixed-use developments and education schemes to create revenue for further local investment.
Delivering a new secondary school on the Great Western Park Development in Didcot, ensuring it was completed in time for the start of the new school year, creating extensive outdoor sports facilities as well as a building for 1,200 students and working alongside contractors delivering housing projects.
Revolutionary in its design, the first Degree Apprenticeship Centre on the Warwick University Campus marks a new stage in the University’s teaching programme. The new three-storey 2,400m² innovative development centre provides a bridge from education to industry.
Building a brand new 8 form of entry school situated in Thamesmead in South East London. The new school holds 1,200 pupils and includes teaching spaces, science laboratories, ICT suites, a dance studio, art and music rooms plus a large four court sports hall and hard court play area.
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A modern primary school in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, for an expanding local community that involved pupils throughout the build delivered through the Scape Minor Works Framework by Kier and Arc Partnership
Delivering £32m first phase of new Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter to provide a 21st-century state of the art education facility to attract students from all over the world to the University of Wales Trinity St David.