National Brownfield Institute puts West Midlands on sustainable construction map
Work has started on the 'shovel ready' £175 million National Brownfield Institute. Building contractor ISG has broken ground on the site which is located on the University of Wolverhampton's £120m Springfield Campus and which received planning approval last December.
The new build project, taking place on a regenerated brownfield site - the former Springfield brewery - directly addresses the government agenda of circular economy focusing on the challenges of building new homes and cohesive communities sustainably.
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, looking at the practical application of future brownfield regeneration and remediation through the work of research teams, leading policy development and commercial services.
The new Institute will also identify and seek to address gaps in current provision, with a particular focus on the digital skills needed to transform the industry, bringing together expertise from across the region and further afield with greater focus on construction design, Building Information Modelling (BIM), off-site, modular construction and lean construction methodologies.
The scheme has benefitted from £14.9m of funding from the Government's Get Building Fund for the West Midlands. The City of Wolverhampton Council worked closely with the Black Cou