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South Wolverhampton academy shortlisted for design award

May 9th, 2013

South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy in Wolverhampton, West Midlands has been shortlisted for the 2013 Structural Steel Design Awards.

South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy in Wolverhampton, West Midlands has been shortlisted for the 2013 Structural Steel Design Awards.

Located in an economically deprived area to the south of Wolverhampton, the £25 million ($38.92 million) 1200 place new-build South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy is a part of the Wolverhampton’s Building Schools for the Future programme.

The design has created four learning zones with a floor level to each of the zones. On each level, class-bases wrap around a more open central area, with a series of voids opening up double height and triple height top-lit spaces interspersed with centralised accommodation: lecture theatre, hall and café spaces.

Working with the slope of the site, the main entrance is located at first floor level, which provides views from the entrance foyer down into the double height engineering hall.

It features platforms at different levels, which provide views between differing floor levels, whilst wide internal staircases work as links between floors. It provides both additional informal lecture areas and intuitive wayfinding.

The objective of the Structural Steel Design Awards is to celebrate the excellence of the UK in the field of steel construction, particularly demonstrating its potential in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation.

The winners of the award will be announced on 9 July 2013.

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