South and City College Birmingham have been awarded with a High Commendation in the Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion category at the West Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards 2014.
The College has invested over £3 million in the campus, including the Grade II listed building – which had previously not seen any renovations for over 20 years following a merger in August 2012.
The front of the building has been renovated; whilst inside there has been a new reception with Costa Coffee bar, new student library, fully fitted gym and sports hall, new classrooms, plumbing workshop for construction students, media suite and recording studio and more.
Paul Morris, assistant principal of the college said: “It’s always great to be recognised for the work we do here at the college. The renovations have transformed Handsworth Campus improving the learning environments for our students to study in whilst also making the overall feel of the college more vibrant and friendly.”
Mangum Samateh is a 17 year old student who studies painting and decorating at the College and had the opportunity to work on the project. He said: “We started refurbishing the Handsworth Campus where I was given the role of Assistant Health and Safety Manager so I had to make sure that the site was safe.
“We were not only painting and decorating but there are many other skills involved in this project such as carpentry. It is a fantastic opportunity as we get to practise our painting and decorating skills on a real project as well as working to get tools for ourselves.”
The Duke of Cambridge made an official visit to the refurbished campus in November 2013.