Plans see brewery turned into university campus

Plans to transform a derelict brewery into an education hub have been submitted by University of Wolverhampton.

The proposals form the largest phase of the £100m redevelopment of the site to create the Springfield Campus which will house its School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

University of Wolverhampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said:

“The new site will provide a collaborative research environment, working closely with business and offering cutting-edge facilities equipped with the latest technologies to provide innovative teaching across a lifelong learning ladder of opportunities.”

The campus will provide space for nearly 800 students and 50 staff and include an atrium, open plan design studios, lab and workshop space, research space, lecture theatres, classrooms, social learning space, student services, catering and café facilities and offices.

The plans include demolition and redevelopment of existing buildings and creating a new facility to house the university’s School of Architecture and Built Environment.

The brick fabade will be retained and the area landscaped. Old and new buildings will be linked by a glazed bridge.

The site, which has been vacant for over a quarter of a century, was bought by the University of Wolverhampton in 2014. Between 1873 and 1991, it operated as a brewery owned by Mitchells and Butlers.