HEALTH FUTURES UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE – SANDWELL

At a time when the healthcare sector is in desperate in need of more professionals, the new £8 million Health and Futures (UTC) will offer a solution.

The first of its kind the UK, offering healthcare and health sciences as a specialism, The Health Futures UTC will offer students the ability to prepare for, and allow them direct insight, into a wide range of health careers within the NHS and public and private sectors.

Dr Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive Officer for the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said of the build: “At the heart of the Health Futures University Technical College is a simple vision – to equip our young people with the skills and academic qualifications to give them the best head start possible. Highly qualified and skilled young people are needed not only in the health sector but by all businesses.”

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The facility is the product of a partnership between 23 organisations from across the West Midlands health and education economies, including the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the University of Wolverhampton. Situated on the West Bromwich high street, the fourstorey, 58,017 sq ft building comfortably accommodates 600 pupils aged 14 to 19. The design had to be flexible to accommodate constraints of space, ground levels and weather conditions, whilst respecting the limitations of the brownfield site and conservation area.

The new facility encompasses state-of-the-art educational amenities, specialist science laboratories, a simulation & skills suite – simulating real-world scenarios with a mock hospital ward, a human performance suite, fitness gym, lecture theatres and a café.

EOS INVOLVEMENT

EOS custom manufactured stud & track infill for the scheme, representing a total investment of £45,000. The speed of installation was a key priority. EOS worked efficiently to ensure the building was weathertight as early as possible to ensure external cladding was removed from the critical path programme of the building. The speed of erection offered huge programme savings, which was due to the utilisation of the EOS compound sections – which were preassembled at the EOS advanced manufacturing facility in County Durham.

The difficult corner details provided a challenge. Particularly where framing was needed around glazing and oversail SFS from ground to top floor to form a parapet. To combat this, EOS used advanced 3D design modelling (BIM) and a use of bespoke ancillary products, which were above and beyond the standard structural framing systems range.

POSITIVE OUTCOMES

The students have a first-class facility to aid development and provide the healthcare sector with talented and well trained workers. Not only is the building functional, it is sustainable, achieving a BREEAM Very Good rating and an EPC rating of B.

Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, said: “The UTC will be among the first in the country to focus on the health sector”

Dr Anthony Marsh added: “The UTC will create the next generation of healthcare practitioners, leaders and career scientists and we are delighted to support it.”

EOS are pleased to have played major part in this inspirational project. As with the Health Futures UTC, EOS will now continue to design, engineer and supply products to meet the unique requirements of complex construction details – something that differentiates EOS from competing companies.

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