News Solihull Learning Hub Designed Inspire Next Generation Engineers

A state-of-the-art learning hub in Solihull is set to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Designed by Maber Architects and built by BAM Construction, the WMG Academy for Young Engineers was completed in August and is now set to welcome its first intake of aspiring engineers.

The building provides a ‘business led’ learning environment for 14-18 year olds that feels less like a school and more like a modern work-place.

Flexible, open learning and break-out spaces, packed full of technology, are located off a huge triple height lecture theatre at the centre of the building.

On the outside, the modern, industrial theme continues with grey cladding and blue brick – communicating the purpose of the building to the surrounding community.

Maber’s managing director, Mark Hobson, said: “The ethos of the Academy is problem solving and practical solutions with ICT and digital technology driving a ‘designing, creating, making’ approach.

“We wanted the building to reflect that. It’s a practical, flexible space that has been designed to be a learning environment for the next generation of engineers.

“At the same time, we hope it will excite and enthuse: to be somewhere students will love to come and can feel proud about”.

James Turner, BAM’s project manager for WMG Academy, said: “We’ve been very engaged with the design and build of the academy from an early stage which has helped us deliver it successfully, and it has assisted the quality of the partnerships we’ve formed here.

“That’s a very good model for delivering construction projects generally, and it helps the client get the building they want at the end. I’m pleased to see it looking so good.”

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