King Edwards

THE completion of a bright airy modern building, combining the very latest teaching facilities adds up to a great new learning environment for students at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge.

Greswolde has completed work on the £1 million project designed by Bryant Priest Newman Architects, which will allow maths students who were previously in different locations on the campus, to come together in one purpose-built block.

“It’s very exciting, this is a great building, really light, airy and modern with excellent facilities. We’re looking forward to an official opening in October but students will begin using it in September,” says proud College Principal Sharon Phillips.

One of the highlights of the two-storey building which boasts seven classrooms and a staffroom, is the multi IT provision including a smart board in student social areas and a flexible entrance lobby area.

Larry Priest, Director of Architects BPM said: “We have aimed for a slightly more contemporary building with good light and space where we have begun to explore ideas of social spaces which can be used as teaching spaces.

“The entrance hall is not just a lobby but will double as a teaching area and the staircase becomes a place where people can meet and interact.

“This is a good value building which has been very well built by Greswolde and fits in with the wider campus,” he adds.

BPM is currently working on the design of a Phase 2 building which will comprise a new student refectory twice the size of the current one, also new dance, drama, computing and graphic design facilities.

The College currently caters for 16 to 19 year olds who can choose from a range of over 40 A Level courses. From September 2013 it will be offering degree level courses.There has been a seat of learning on the King Edwards’ site since 1430 when it was known as The Chantry School of Holy Trinity.

Professional Team: Architects: Bryant Priest Newman; QS: PMP Consultants LTd; SE: Couch Consulting Engineers; M&E: Bennett Williams.