There has never been a better time for aspiring young scientists to join Solihull Sixth Form College with the construction of a new sustainably built Science and Study Centre opening up to students from September 2020.
Despite being in the middle of construction when the Covid-19 lockdown started, the project has been completed almost on time and the building was officially opened (in a socially distant way, of course) on 9 July. The building will be known as the Hamilton Centre, in honour of our Vice Principal Janice Hamilton, who cut the ribbon to mark the opening.
Thanks to an investment of nearly £3 million from the Summit Learning Trust, of which the College is a proud member, the new building 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
Following construction of the new building, the previous home for A level Chemistry in Blythe building will also be refurbished, creating more classrooms for other A level and BTEC courses including Accounting, Business and Law. See more about other Resources and Facilities.
The environmental impact of this building project has been considered, as this will be a modern and sustainable off-site manufactured building, built by Wakemans Limited (Project Management, Cost Consultants and Contract Administrator) and Modulek (Contractor/Manufacturer).
Construction has started and in early February 2020, Principal Martin Sullivan and some of our Chemistry students were allowed access on the construction site to see the foundations being laid. Scroll down to see the progress of this project from foundations all the way through to completion.
During half-term (February 2020), the construction stepped up with Modulek putting the first of the modules in place. These were constructed off site and were moved into place in sections. This cut down the length of time it took to construct the building significantly and thus decreased the carbon footprint of this project.
Construction is now complete and huge congratulations are owed to the Estates department at the College and the Summit Learning Trust, as well as from Wakemans and Modulek for completing the project despite the challenges that the Coronavirus crisis has brought. In March, new protocols had to come into place to ensure social distancing and safety, but the project was still completed on a very similar timescale to that which was planned. We’re delighted with how the facilities look as these photos show.