Sheppard Robson is leading the design of a unique and exceptional facility, the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL). It is to become a hub for science and engineering teaching, with multi-functional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.
Phase 1 will see a state-of-the-art engineering lab created within the existing mechanical engineering building. This will be followed by phase 2, a brand new building in between biosciences and the learning centre on the university’s Edgbaston campus. This will include a wet lab, dry lab and e-lab, as well as an outreach space known as the Discovery Lab and will open for teaching in 2018.
The CTL aims to replace traditional, discipline-specific labs, and will allow for a range of innovative teaching methods to be used, beyond the “classical bench laboratory” model. The use of modern, high tech IT systems (especially virtual technologies) will enhance laboratory experience and increase infrastructure sustainability. Furthermore it will reflect industry working practices by offering opportunities to practise inter-disciplinary working.
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