Drawing on our BIM capability to transform a college
As part of Birmingham Metropolitan College, Stourbridge College offers a wide range of vocational, academic and apprenticeship courses for people of all ages including school leavers. The college wished to transform its appeal to students by creating a new build frontage which would become home to the Health and Social Care block. Further planned works included a new reception area, teaching facilities and offices for student support services, as well as minor refurbishment of the existing building.
The lighting design had to be both energy efficient and also deliver the architect’s vision for the college’s new entrance and reception area. In addition, the M&E design had to extend services from the existing plant room to the new blocks and incorporate extensive enabling works, including relocation/diversion of the existing M&E services. The demolition of the existing building meant that disconnection and reconnection of services would also have to be carried out.
Furthermore, the extension building had to match existing floor levels, and this created reduced distribution space.
Appointed to provide full M&E consultancy, we decided to carry out the design in BIM Level 2, working closely with both the architect and structural engineer. Our BIM work included preparing a model to identify the precise nature of the reduced distribution space.
Our lighting design was fully coordinated with the architect’s vision of the college and incorporated the latest LED technology to provide an energy efficient solution. To overcome the challenge regarding the relocation of services, we carried out regular, detailed site surveys of the area.
The new facilities at Stourbridge College are now complete. Students are already benefitting from a new reception area as well as meeting spaces, brand new classrooms and a new Centre of Excellence for Early Years, Health & Social Care and IT.