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WMG Academy (2014)


A powerful and unique partnership (involving the University, Jaguar Land Rover, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium, more than 30 employers and local schools) created the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.

The Academy delivers a business-led and business-like education for young people aged 14-19 in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. Responding to clearly articulated local skills shortages, the Academy has an occupational approach to engineering, including digital technologies and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

  • The building has a networked Building Management System - students can view energy performance on a real-time basis.
  • Strong employer and educational links offer students a diverse range of progression pathways.

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"Innovation, exploiting new technologies and the deployment of technical skills are at the heart of WMG's mission and at the heart of WMG Academy's vision for our future engineers. By ensuring our students have both the academic knowledge and practical skills required to enter employment, we are preparing them not just for their careers, but also to help change the world"
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and Founder, WMG.
"We are proud to be University sponsor of the WMG Academy; engineering and digital technologies are central to the region and the country's growth. We have invested both resource and expertise to ensure the quality of education matches that of the high standards expected at the University of Warwick"
Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick.
"Jaguar Land Rover are extremely excited about the opening of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers and what it will mean for the support of engineering skills in the region. The close collaboration between the academy, university and local industry will make for a truly unique learning environment"
Jo Lopes CEng FIET FIMechE, Head of Technical Excellence, Jaguar Land Rover
"From the very start we have a clear mission and vision for the WMG Academy, and that was to be business-like and business-led. We wanted to create an environment where young people with a passion for creating, doing and designing could acquire the technical and business skills required to become the engineers of the future"
Kate Tague, Principal, WMG Academy.

Essential Information

Start & Finish dates October 2013 – September 2014
Funded by Education Funding Agency
Budget £9,532,280
Requested by WMG Academy for Young Engineers, supported by industry needs in conjunction with:
Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium and the University of Warwick.
Managed by Mott MacDonald / University of Warwick
Architects Associated Architects
Quantity Surveyors Mott MacDonald
Mechanical Engineers Couch Perry Wilkes
Electrical Engineers Couch Perry Wilkes
Structural Engineers Couch Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor Kier Construction
Landscaping FIRA


Basic Building Cost

New Building WMG Academy: £5.27m
£1,064/m2 (WMG Academy construction cost)

Refurbishment Works: £1.02m
£662/m2 (Refurbishment construction cost)

Services Costs

WMG Academy: £5.27m
building cost: £1,064/m2
inc Services cost: £460/m2 (43%)

Refurbishment: £1.02m
building cost: £662/m2
inc Services cost: £309/m2 (47%)

External Works £641,000
Gross Floor Area WMG Academy 4,951m2
Refurbished Areas 1,541m2
Total Area of Site TBC hectares
Function Areas and Their Size WMG Academy Building: 4,951m2
Refurbished Dining Room, Changing Rooms, and Sports Hall: 1,541m2
Area of Storage TBC m2
Area of Circulation TBC m2
% of Ground Used by Community TBC %
% of Buildings Used by Community TBC %
Electricity Consumption TBC kWhrs/m2
Fossil Fuel Consumption TBC kWhrs/m2
Low Carbon Energy Generation 10% of building
Water use TBC m3/year
% Rainwater/greywater TBC %
Steps taken to reduce environmental impact
  • A State of the art heat recovery system providing up to 85% heat recovery on the buildings ventilation loads.
  • A 40kW(e) photovoltaic array has been installed on roof, intended to provide 10% of the building energy use from renewable energy.