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The construction, valued at around £8.5m, was procured through our Major Works Framework with work due to start later this month.
Working together with ISG and the University of Wolverhampton
This project represents the second appointment made to ISG by the University through our Framework after they successfully handedover the School of Architecture and Built Environment in September 2020.
Developing a world-class campus
The NBI will be a world-class institute that provides the facility to develop modern methods of building through innovation and partnership with the construction industry, focusing on the practical application of future brownfield regeneration through the work of research teams, leading policy development and commercial services.
The scheme has benefited from £14.9million of funding from the Government’s Get Building Fund for the West Midlands. City of Wolverhampton Council worked closely with the Black Country LEP and West Midlands Combined Authority to secure the funding.
The NBI will secure the City of Wolverhampton's position as a leader internationally in sustainable construction, circular economy and brownfield development and will deliver new skills, jobs and opportunities for local people in the city, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton, said: “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of ISG as contractor for the NBI meaning that we are a step closer to delivering the project and adding to the portfolio of construction and built environment expertise that now resides at the Springfield Campus.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and Chair of the WMCA, added: “This Institute will help the West Midlands become a global leader in the clean-up and regeneration of derelict sites.
“That’s important for several reasons not least because every brownfield site we develop saves a greenfield one. But it will also drive next generation thinking and the development of new techniques for transforming brownfield land into vibrant new communities offering affordable and energy efficient homes for local people and modern commercial premises for growing businesses.
“The Institute will also equip our residents with the modern construction skills they will need to work on these brownfield projects, helping to get people into high-skilled, well-paid, work as we look to bounce back from the economic impact of the pandemic.”
Wayne Flannery, ISG’s regional director, said: “Helping to deliver on the city’s vision for a dedicated centre of excellence for construction and built environment learning has been highly motivating for our team. It’s inspiring to work collaboratively with a customer so focused on creating the very best facilities for students and academics to excel in groundbreaking research that could potentially change the way we approach construction in the future.”
Emma Hesbrook, Regional Relationship Manager at Pagabo, added: "We're delighted to have again supported the University on a procurement front with the appointment of ISG. If you add the delivery of the National Brownfield Institute to the already completed SoABE building you can really see their Springfield Campus starting to take shape and their vision turning into a reality.
"As a proud midlander I'm so happy to be playing my part in this fantastic development for the region."
These facilities, combined with the NBI, will lay the foundation for the delivery of a National Centre for Sustainable Construction and Circular Economy, which will focus on sustainability and the climate change emergency.
We wish ISG the best of luck in the delivery phase and look forward to seeing the finished build on this world-class University campus.
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