The AgriSTEM Academy is the final and third part of the development at South Staffordshire College’s 180 acre Rodbaston campus and involves the conversion of an old Granary Building with water tower at the heart of the campus.

 
Location:
Penkridge, Stafford
Sector:
Education - Further
Conservation
Budget:
£4.1m approx
Client:
South Staffordshire College
Size:
1,740 m2 GIA
Services:

Architecture

Masterplanning

Interiors

 

This landmark building, whilst not Listed, has significant architectural merit and our sensitive design approach was to respect its historic stature and work with it, designing the renovation to retain the building’s original feel. It has now been restored and repurposed to provide 1000m2 of learning space.

Alongside the Granary is an extension and the new build AgriTECH building that together form the new AgiSTEM Academy.

The traditional Granary building blends seamlessly with the new facilities and contrasts consummately with the state-of-the-art teaching equipment inside.

 

The Granary will house a construction vehicle simulator, adjacent to the Mechatronics lab that has been designed in the double height space. A small production line will move test objects around so students can learn and programme computers that control this machine. This prepares students for environments found in Jaguar Land Rover and other local companies in the food manufacturing environment.

 

The campus promises to transform the scale and quality of industry relevant training in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) and Agricultural Engineering & Technology (AgriTech) sectors. The Academy sees the introduction of new courses in subjects including agricultural engineering, landbased technology and advanced manufacturing.

 

 

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