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The University of Wolverhampton hosts visit by celebrity architect, George Clarke, showing him the new Springfield redevelopment project

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | October 21, 2017 | Facilities

TV architect George Clarke has presented several successful TV series, including Channel 4’s Restoration Man and The Great British Property Scandal and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

ABOVEAn artist's impression of the new School of Architecture and Built Environment

Clarke visited the £100 million Springfield regeneration project taking a tour of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills Hub (ECMS) and the West Midlands Construction University Technical College (WMCUTC) at the site before hosting an evening reception in the University’s Chancellor’s Hall.

He said: “The Springfield redevelopment is a big site with lots of difficult buildings on there that all need careful restoration – it’s a long term project but it’s already taking shape with the WMCUTC already open and the ECMS almost completed.  

“Springfield gives young people a foundation to do something brilliant starting from a very young age and it’s a real inspiration to see the pathways that are being created. Seeing kids being as passionate about architecture and built environment as I am is a dream. They were brilliant, getting a buzz from the day and they were really proud of their work.”

The site of the former Springfield brewery has been transformed into Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus, bringing together businesses and the education sector to maximise impact on the economy.

Since its purchase in 2014, the derelict site has been rejuvenated into a centre of excellence for construction and the built environment, delivering an unbeatable skills pathway for construction education and training from the age of 14 to senior professionals.

Nazira Karodia, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University, said: “Construction is a vital growth sector for the Black Country with the global construction industry forecast to grow by more than 70% over the next ten years.  The new super campus will be well placed to take advantage of this rising international demand with strengths in architecture, engineering and sustainable construction – all designed to address the national skills shortage of engineers and construction workers.”

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