The new building, designed by architect Sheppard Robson, will facilitate the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects within informal learning and teaching spaces interspersed with formal laboratories.
The two-storey 72,120 sq ft building, which received planning consent in September, takes the shape of a robust brick structure, with variation in materials and form to represent three different internal environments of the laboratories.
The front of the building is characterised by large angled brise-soleil made from gold anodised aluminium, which projects over the main entrance.
Morgan Sindall’s area director for the west midlands, Richard Fielding said work was now scheduled to begin in January with the building opening by 2019.
The building will include separate Dry, Wet and E-labs for use by different student groups at the same time.