The Chartered Institute for Building (CIOB), the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, has pledged £50k to sponsor teaching facilities at the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and Built Environment.
The room was officially opened recently by Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive Officer at CIOB and Tim Steele, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University and will offer a dedicated room and facilities for students studying for Built Environment courses at the University’s construction super-campus based at Springfield.
CIOB has members working across the world in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.
The new School, which opened in August 2020, won the Conservation and Regeneration Award at the Constructing Excellence Midlands Awards 2021, scooped the New Build Award at last year’s Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Awards and was named by framework provider Pagabo as its ‘best project above £15m’.
The new building is the latest addition to the University’s £120m investment in a new construction excellence campus at the former Springfield Brewery site in the city - a brownfield regeneration project which has transformed the site.
"BIOS will help us to provide more modern, flexible and digitally-enabled learning spaces to help train the next generation of health professionals and provide a compassionate, forward-thinking and inclusive learning environment."
- Professor Tim Thompson, Dean of Teesside University’s School of Health & Life Sciences
"This facility will enable us to grow and enhance our provision in these key areas, aligning perfectly with the skills needs of the region and country, and delivering against the priorities of our partners across the healthcare sector.”
Malcolm Page, Chief Operating Officer said: “Our multimillion-pound Campus Masterplan is transformative, underpinning our commitment to delivering the best possible student and learning experience.
“This latest development reinforces our position as an ambitious, global-looking university which is committed to investing in our region and establishing Teesside as a thriving hub for skills development, creativity and inspiration.”
Professor Tim Thompson, Dean of Teesside University’s School of Health & Life Sciences, added: “This is an incredibly exciting development for our School and for the University.
“We always strive to meet the demands of regional and national employers. BIOS will help us to provide more modern, flexible and digitally-enabled learning spaces to help train the next generation of health professionals and provide a compassionate, forward-thinking and inclusive learning environment.
“It will also allow us to bring together delivery of health and human sciences subjects, providing a holistic view of the healthcare-bioscience ecosystem.”
BIOS is the latest development in the University’s Campus Masterplan, with ongoing projects including the £13.1m Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre, putting Teesside at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution, as well as the £5m Postgraduate Student Hub, a dedicated space for postgraduate students and researchers to study, collaborate and connect.
Situated between The Curve and Centuria Buildings, BIOS is due to be completed in autumn next year in time for the 2023/24 academic year.