Aston University Engineering Academy provides an inspirational learning environment for 14-19 year olds in the heart of Birmingham City centre, on a recently vacated inner city site.
The 600 student Academy will have close links with the University and other education and industrial partners. It is intended to be a showcase for engineering skills and to provide a stepping stone for pupils from school into the industry. With this in mind, FCBStudios designed a building that resembles a place of work more than a traditional school building, with materials, colours, artwork and textures all selected to reinforce this ambition.
The compact new building brings together a range of facilities over four floors, arranged around a central hall and atrium. The school is divided into four ‘home bases’ for students with a linked learning resource centre and dining spaces.