The construction of a classroom block at Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham has begun. The project is for the three storey building to have 13 classrooms which will include an ICT laboratory and digital lounge, together with staff offices and meeting rooms, general offices and a break-out lounge for students.
The architect is Glancy Nicholls and the designs will feature a brickwork and copper cladding exterior, a single storey entrance and reception. The new building will mainly be used for business studies.
As is expected, there will be sustainable features including green and blue roof systems to attenuate stormwater into main drainage systems, air source heat pump systems and roof mounted photovoltaic arrays. There will also be underfloor heating incorporating natural and mechanical ventilation.
DW Pointer is the building services engineer, Ramboll the project’s structural engineer and Virtus is project manager.
Landscaping on the site is also part of the project and completion is planned for the first quarter of 2023.