Coventry University Enterprises, Coventry

ACT UK incorporates training and research facilities for the construction industry.  At its core is the BMSC (Building Management Simulation Centre) the first in the UK, providing a virtual building site for training construction managers.  Initially Robothams were appointed to prepare a design study for the Learning Skills Council after which a detailed scheme was developed and tested through a value management process.  The design is conceived as a series of discrete elements connected by a dramatic two storey atrium, providing conference areas, workspace, breakout areas and the simulation hall.

To meet best practice for construction projects a partnering approach was adopted for procurement with the contractor advising the project team during the detailed design phase and the project being let under a traditional contract.  The building is steel framed with pre-cast concrete floors.  A variety of external cladding materials provide a teaching tool for those visiting the building.  Site cabins are built in the simulation hall for purposes of realism.