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Sector: Education
Service: Project Management

The Challenge

Cadbury Sixth Form College was created in 1983 following the restructuring of secondary education in Birmingham. The college was created by extending the 1950’s secondary school buildings to create a larger facility and introduce specialist teaching areas. With the success of the College in delivering quality education the pupil numbers expanded significantly over the decades.  
One result of this success was to leave the college with an unsatisfactory and undersized entrance which was failing to cope with numbers and did not provide a focus for visitors entering the college. The entrance to the college was sited in the junction between the 1950 buildings and the 1983 extension and by the new century was undersized and difficult to locate for first time visitors.

Solution

Hookway,  as Project Managers to the college, were requested to review options for providing an entrance which would allow the high flow rates of students passing through the space access that was both safe and easily transversable.  Hookway worked with Graham Rivers Architects to consider all options both to enhance the existing entrance and to provide a re-sited entrance. The accepted solution was to create a new extension near the main pedestrian and vehicular entrance to the college which could provide a welcoming introduction to the college and enhance the architectural setting of the college

The Result

The college have a new entrance which meets their pupil needs for entering the college quickly easily and safely whilst enhancing the visual amenity of the college buildings. 

 

Photo credit: Graham Rivers Architects 

 

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