Willmott Dixon has completed the first phase of construction work for the £46.5m School of Engineering development at the University of Birmingham

The centre for Digital Systems showcases the successful collaboration between academia and industry, as the university has partnered with the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) to commission the facility, with £16.4m in funding from Research England.

Designed by Associated Architects, the striking building has been created to align with the rail industry, featuring Corten cladding to give the same visual impact as railway lines and track signalling.

The investment in the Centre of Excellence forms part of the university’s commitment to providing first-class engineering education.

The development aims to improve student experience, allowing engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students to get involved in cutting-edge research and ensuring students graduate with a strong connection to the industry.

Procured through the Constructing West Midlands framework, the 3,000mfacility offers a variety of contemporary and flexible design and research spaces that act as an incubator for innovation,

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