Erdington Skills Centre for Birmingham Metropolitan College replaces the former Erdington Technical School with a £4m training facility for teaching skills across a range of construction trades.
The building’s frontage reflects the scale of the nearby terraced houses and a glazed façade at ground level acts as a ‘shop window’ for the college.
Two of the new gables re-use the Edwardian bricks from the demolished Erdington Technical School, laid out to create a textured brick façade. The remainder of the building is wrapped with standing seam metal cladding, with roof lights providing enhanced day-lighting to the teaching spaces.
Inside the building the structure is on display – with exposed steelwork and concrete reinforcing the facility’s ‘construction’ focus. State-of-the-art classrooms house enhanced training technology, while workshop space is kept flexible with stained OSB timber pods within the volume providing individual teaching space.