Science Centre Opened

Solihull Sixth Form College and the Summit Learning Trust are celebrating the completion of a brand new Science and Study Centre on the Widney Manor Road campus.

Despite being in the middle of construction of this state-of-the-art building when lockdown started, this sustainably built centre for Chemistry, Applied Science and independent study has been completed just a couple of weeks over schedule. It is a testament to the hard work of the Summit Learning Trust Estates Team and our partners at Wakemans Limited (Project Management, Cost Consultants and Contract Administrator) and Modulek (Contractor/Manufacturer), that this £3 million project has been completed before the end of term.

College Principal Dr Martin Sullivan commented:

“I’m delighted with the new facilities, which will provide A level Chemistry and BTEC Applied Science students with outstanding work space for their practical and theory lessons, as well as 100 independent study spaces with computers for all students to make use of. Added to the expertise of our dedicated staff, this will significantly boost our students’ chances from September and for years to come.”

Summit Learning Trust Chief Executive Catherine Anwar added:

“We’re delighted to be able to invest such a significant sum in this fantastic new facility. This new building will add to the great experience students already have at the College and will support our hard working students to achieve even better outcomes for a bright future. We are very pleased that it is a sustainable build – reflecting our commitment as a Trust to sustainability and playing our part in tackling the climate crisis.”

Summit Learning Trust Estates Director Steve Smith commented:

“We are delighted that with our partners we were able to bring the Principal’s vision to life for the benefit of our current and future students.”

The new building – which will be known as the Hamilton Centre, after long-serving Vice Principal Janice Hamilton (23 year of dedicated service to the College) – will provide the perfect environment for aspiring students with the following facilities included in the building:

  • Four fully equipped, spacious Chemistry laboratories
  • 100 PCs in a new Study Centre available to all students
  • Another IT classroom
  • Three further teaching classrooms

College Vice Principal Janice Hamilton commented:

“Improving the science facilities for students here at the College has been a long-time dream so it is fantastic to see that come to fruition.”

With A level Chemistry and BTEC Applied Science moving into the new building, ready to start teaching from there in September, work can now commence on refurbishing the facilities in in Blythe building (where Chemistry used to be based), creating more classrooms for other A level and BTEC courses.

The environmental impact of this building project has been reduced significantly, as this modern and sustainable building was largely built off-site and the modules started being put in place in February. This process cut down the length of time it took to construct the building significantly and thus decreased the carbon footprint of this project. Recycled materials were also used to reduce the impact on the environment still further.

10 July 2020