Staffordshire University

ABW are working with Staffordshire University for the £10million refurbishment of 11,000 sqm of existing buildings across their Stoke Campus,the first phase of which is currently on site.

The scheme aims to adapt a high profile building within the centre of Stoke to form the a new Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies, bringing together art, animation, gallery spaces, TV and music relocating them from another site.

The existing area is a complex collection of buildings made up of a number of properties which range from the original 1914 Cadman building to later 1960’s building, all surrounding a central courtyard. The original 1914 building is historically important to the University and contributes to the local city street scene.The Cadman Building currently houses a number of Faculty teaching and learning spaces, Student Services spaces, catering and social spaces, the Thompson Library as well as a number of support services including Campus and Commercial Services, Information Services (IT), Marketing and Public Relations.

Our proposals will simplify the circulation and use the central courtyard as focus and hub for activities, giving a distinct sense of place and to better connect with the rest of the university campus. The scheme will improve and utilise the buildings frontage to advertise a visual course and raise the profile of the facilities. The refurbishment of the buildings will improve the student experience and transform the internal spaces, increasing the building's capacity and upgrading areas for staff and students and improve disabled access.