West London Construction Academy

A ‘pop-up’ Further Education facility providing construction skills training on a large development site in West London.

We are working with West London’s College and Berkeley’s to deliver an innovative learning space that seeks to address some of the challenges caused by the UK’s construction skills shortage.

Southall Waterside is a large-scale development by Berkeley’s that is scheduled to deliver thousands of homes alongside new retail and community facilities over the next 30 years. By locating a new training facility in the heart of the site, students can directly progress from the classroom to construction of this significant site, providing the skills necessary to meet the demands of delivery.

The building comprises two primary elements that enclose an external makers’ yard: a site cabin for classroom-based learning and a warehouse structure for practical training. These are to be vibrantly coloured with a large-scale graphic treatment to celebrate this new approach to skills learning, as glazed openings offer views out to the site to further knit the project into the context.

Planning permission has been granted, with completion due in Summer 2018. We are hopeful that this model for skills learning can be replicated at other sites across the country.


Berkeley St James, West London's College


In progress