Birmingham City University, City South Phase 3 Birmingham, UK
Birmingham City University enables the education of a whole new generation of health, nutrition and biomedical science professionals.
The project provides accommodation for the existing, co-located and newly-formed University’s schools while creating a new Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. It gives the faculty a collective identity by adding a confident piece of contemporary architecture on to its City South Campus which - both externally and internally - creates a coherent relationship with the current facilities. The existing structure has been reconfigured to ease navigation, linking new to existing via a covered courtyard, creating a single Faculty with one shared entrance, thereby encouraging collaboration between the different disciplines that use the site.
The new wing provides teacher training, specialist facilities for health professionals and life sciences accommodation including spaces for research, social learning, a new lecture theatre, a sports hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art classrooms, technology classrooms and IT suites. The project is located in the Edgbaston Conservation Area and has been designed to fit appropriately within its sensitive setting. The external envelope is characterised by the use of red brick, which is a contemporary interpretation of the red-coloured bricks that are commonly found throughout the local context. The building is animated and given a distinctly modern feel through patterns of brick relief and recessed windows, which add a strong sense of geometry and rhythm to the facades.
The building footprint is arranged around a retained class A mature oak tree. The area around the tree is landscaped to accommodate outdoor learning and teaching and recreational activities including level and tiered seating, eco-gardens and a pond area. Public access across the site is retained and enhanced by a planting and lighting scheme.
- Birmingham City University
- 10,500 m2
- RIBA - Winner