Broadway Malyan, the architecture firm behind seven new schools in Abu Dhabi, has also celebrated the opening of the US$106m Bournville College campus in Birmingham, UK.
Built by national contractor Shepherd Construction for developer St Modwen, the 23,226m2 school has a capacity for 15,000 students and consolidates three existing campuses.
Aidan Ridyard, director for Broadway Malyan, said: “Our education sector experts have delivered a state-of-the-art further education facility that will provide students and staff with one of the most contemporary learning environments in Europe.
“The college has been designed as an assertive building to redefine the image of the college, maximise the potential of the landmark site and, as the first part of a wider masterplan, ensure the campus is a bold catalyst in the redevelopment and regeneration of the wider area.”
The building is hinged around a dramatic linear central spine which houses classrooms. The spine links to ‘The Street’, which will act as the main social heart of the college and provide a connection to the study blocks around the perimeter.
A Learning and Resource Centre, with a fully-glazed facade wrapped by 34 huge glulam beams, will eventually face the new town square.