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

Promotions at Robothams Architects

The Partners are delighted to announce the promotion of Associates, Steve Hodges and Sam Karr to positions as Associate Directors within the practice. Sam and Steve are both familiar faces to our clients and collaborators having worked in our team for over ten years.  Their promotions are timed to coincide with changes in the structure of the business as Andrew Haines moves to a consultant role and steps down from the board.

Andrew will continue to work with the practice where he has provided strong leadership for over 30 years, and designed and managed the delivery of many of our award winning projects across a range of sectors. His ongoing focus will be project management within the independent school sector.

Sam and  Steve’s promotions reflect their hard work and commitment to the business, and the Partner’s ongoing desire to deploy senior individuals to look after key client relationships in the coming years.

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.