The Curzon Building

Phase Two of Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus extends its estate including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point as a coherent development around the City Park. The building is designed to form a ‘front door’ for the university and a landmark at the eastern end of the park, designed to align with the Curzon District of Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’.

The building acts as a student hub for the campus to provide facilities including library, catering, student services and Student’s Union incorporating the Grade II listed Eagle and Ball public house. The building also provides accommodation for the faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences, Birmingham City Business School and the University Directorate.

The building has two wings of accommodation following Cardigan and Curzon Streets, linked by an atrium. In compliance with the masterplan, the building has five occupied storeys in Cardigan Street and six in Curzon Street at the end of the park. A two storey element of larger footprint contains the student hub around a secondary atrium engaging the public house. External space to the east is accessible from within the building to extend use and enjoyment of the canal environment.

Low energy targets are to be met by a high performance external envelope and by engaging the thermal mass of the structure. Mixed mode ventilation with opening windows will ensure excellent internal conditions with user control. A biomass boiler and adiabatic cooling are employed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and Energy Performance Rating of A.

Client: Birmingham City University
Project Value: £46.2m
Completion: 2015

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