King Solomon International Business School
Waterlinks House building, Lord Street, Birmingham B7 4AA.
Government officials worked closely with us to find this building. Although, not like a traditional school, it has the potential of aligning to our vision for an international business school. Having been occupied by multiple tenants including many private companies, Birmingham City Council and the NHS, it is a substantial building with ample space for us to deliver our vision of Education Excellence and Character Development.
Waterlinks House is well underway in its refurbishment (both inside and out) to turn it into a state-of-the-art education facility. Our new school design will be based on a 1050-place six-storey ‘superblock’ and will have many benefits that will help us deliver a first-class education to our students.
Our regular meetings with planning and ESFA will produce one of the finest examples of a refurbished school. Safety and the welfare of the staff and pupils are also of highest concern.
Please find below the official response from the ESFA and Bouygues regarding the Grenfell Tower fire:
The Government is taking the potential impact from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire very seriously. Building owners across the public sector estate are being contacted to ensure any risks are managed and dealt with appropriately and promptly. As part of this, we are contacting all bodies responsible for safety in schools instructing them to carry out checks to identify any buildings which may require further investigation.
All projects delivered by ESFA comply with current guidance relating to Fire Safety. Contractors must ensure compliance with Building Regulations through the development of a Fire Strategy which forms part of the design of the school. Technical Advisers review all Fire Strategies within Contractors Proposals on behalf of the ESFA and implementation of the requirements is monitored regularly during construction by the Building Control Officer and our Technical Advisers.
All construction must comply with Building Regulations including materials resistant to the spread of fire.
The Contractor for the King Solomon International Business School project has confirmed that the façade system is very different to that used in the Grenfell Tower. The cladding system utilises only inert, solid aluminium panels which have an A1 NON COMBUSTIBLE fire rating with no requirement for fire retardants. The system also incorporates A1 NON COMBUSTIBLE integral mineral wool insulation and firebreaks.
Here is a gallery of pictures taken over recent months, showing some of the external works.