New Teaching Block, Wolverley Secondary School

Work is nearing completion on the practice’s largest school project delivered using MMC modular units. Constructed by Kier the new building for Wolverley Secondary School in Worcestershire will provide 12 general classrooms with associated staff workspace, WC’s and breakout space and uses modules provided by Integra. The units were largely completed off site with only façade treatments and final finishes remaining when they arrived on site in August.

Above, full height WC gender neutral cubicles

Above, original 3D image of proposed teaching block

Bromsgrove School – Latest Projects

The last twelve months has seen the completion of a wide range of projects at Bromsgrove School. Schemes handed over to the school included refurbishments of Wendron Gordon, a senior school boarding house, a common room space for the senior school and an extended school shop.

Above, internal and external photos of Wendron Gordon

Above, internal photo of the new senior school common room

Above, external photos of the extended school shop

Robothams have worked with Mace and E G Carter, contractors based in Gloucester to deliver these projects.

Photos courtesy of E G Carter and Andrew Haines.

Sladewood Academy, Stroud

The practice have been appointed by Speller Metcalfe through the GCC Contractor Framework to design a new school for primary age children with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties (MALD) in Stroud. The school will be created through the refurbishment of the former Severn View School on the eastern side of the town and provide pupil places for 60 pupils.

It will be operated by the SAND Academies Trust who already run SEN schools in Gloucestershire including the Milestone School, Belmont School and the Willow School. Renamed Sladewood Academy the school will open to new pupils in summer 2023, following refurbishment beginning in April.

The refurbishment will include reconfiguration of teaching spaces and WC’s, realignment of secure lines,  creation of break out spaces, services upgrades and external envelope works. Robothams have liaised with the team from the County Council, the Academy Trust and Speller Metcalfe to develop the design from concept through to working drawings for construction.

Above, photos of the existing school building before refurbishment.

GBS Institute of Technology completes on site

The ambitious Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Birmingham has completed on site at the beginning of August.  It is a collaboration between four universities and three colleges to create a hub for vocational courses aimed at young people seeking careers in engineering, technology and manufacturing.

The centre piece of the building is a space with a Cyber Manufacturing Rig, with associated IT and teaching rooms.

More information the new facility and available courses can be found on GBS IOT’s website.

University of Warwick Observatory completes on site

The University’s new campus observatory has been completed on site. It will provide hands-on experience of operating telescopes for its astrophysics students, as well as serving as a showcase University facility that can be used for outreach, public engagement activities, and local participation.

Robothams have worked with members of the University’s estates team and main contractor – William Gough on the detailed design.

Ground Floor Social space completes at Aston University

Our team has just handed over a new space for students at Aston University. The area is to offer a range of futureproof, multifunctional space to enable a variety of different learning activities to take place in order to meet students’ varied learning needs and study preferences.  The scheme includes;

  • Formal and informal individual and group work spaces
  • Group working areas with AV provision
  • Designed to allow for potential ‘out of hours’ use

We have worked with a project team including PMP Consultants, Couch Perry & Wilkes, Tracey Kirby Consulting and Interclass Construction.

Above, images of the completed scheme at handover.

Steelwork is signed for posterity at Brockworth

Robothams Architects were amongst those invited to join main contractor E G Carter at the signing of the steel frame at the new SEN school in Brockworth. Representatives of Gloucestershire County Council and Learn@ Multi Academy Trust all put their mark on one of the last steels to be installed.

Some of those attending said;

Sam Carter, Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this significant milestone at Brockworth SEMH. To see the steel frame erected is very exciting, as we can all now see the building start to take shape. This event is a great way to acknowledge this phase of the project.”

Cllr Philip Robinson, cabinet member for economy, education and skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It was a privilege to be able to leave my own personal mark on this new school.

“The new school will create much-needed special school spaces for children in Gloucestershire, and allow them to have the high quality of education they deserve, in a way that is suited to their needs and closer to home.”

The project is covered in the projects section of the website and due for completion in 2022.

Brockworth SEMH School receives planning approval

Gloucestershire County Council have approved plans for the new SEMH School in Brockworth, south of Cheltenham.  The new school will provide 75 pupils places for children with Social Emotional Mental Health needs from across the county.

The project will be constructed by E G Carter and handed over to Learn@ MAT who will operate the new school in Summer 2022.

Robothams Architects will be acting as Architects and Interior Designers for the scheme.

For further details refer to our projects section.

Project completions at Bromsgrove and Winterfold House Schools

This year has seen two further completions at Bromsgrove School and her sister school, Winterfold House School, a preparatory school in Chaddesley Corbett. Both have been handed over despite COVID-19 and within live educational environments.

Completed in October the Ottilie Hild girls day house was a conversion and extension of a former staff common room building. Set within the school’s mature, historic landscape the building faces  the central grassed space.  Contractor E G Carter worked across the school site from summer 2019 until the hand-over of this section in the autumn.

Concept 3D view of the extended building.

Images of the completed project with existing and new build elements.

Earlier in the year O’Brien Contractor, completed a refurbishment of Winterfold House School’s Kindergarten, creating vibrant internal and external spaces.

Above, an image of the refurbished Kindergarten.

Agile working at Aston University

In April 2020 Robothams were commission by the University  to work with PLACEmaking interior designers to design work space and meeting areas to support agile working as a prototype for future development across the campus.  We acted as contract administrator for the projects delivery with Interclass Plc acting as main contractor. The scheme was handed over in October 2020.

Above, photos of the completed scheme.