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Nicol Thomas Architects

City College

This £12 million 8,000 sq.m project provides vocational and further education for 14-19 year old students.  The new facility forms a ‘U’ shaped building around a semi enclosed courtyard which is used for car parking.

An irregular site formally utilised as an industrial complex, the new complex was built into the sloping site with 3m storey height steps.

The scheme features a two storey corner entrance which accommodates all the main administrative offices with the Learning Academy arranged around seven subject pods, each having a learning resource hub and staff room, and flexible teaching spaces.  In addition a large multi purpose hall was provided as a main teaching and assembly area, the walls of which are flush construction to accommodate ball games.

An enclosed glazed ‘cloister’ corridor runs along the internal face of the ‘U’ which assists with orientation.  An external teaching area also adds a further dimension to the learning experience.

Project Particulars

  • Client – MarCity Developments
  • Location – Bordesley Green
  • Value – £12 million state of the art teaching facility
  • Services – Architectural