10 Woodcock Street

Birmingham City Council’s new office at 10 Woodcock Street is the major new building commission of the Central Administration Buildings (CAB) project. As part of its Business Transformation programme, Birmingham City Council has carried out an extensive office rationalisation and improvement programme, consolidating the CAB portfolio from 55 buildings to nine and providing new office space with excellent support facilities for 2,300 workstations, supporting 3,000 staff.

The building is organised by a full length, two storey high internal street that acts as the primary circulation route into the building. Service cores and lift lobbies plug into this route along with a central catering facility and dining space at Ground Floor level which will act as a central social hub for the building. Open-plan office floorplates are provided in three four storey wings of accommodation focused around four atria with interconnecting office floor space bridges between the wings and feature stairs within the atria behind the Woodcock Street frontage.

Externally the building is designed to provide a solid, restrained frontage with civic quality materials of stone and copper along Woodcock Street and simpler brick and curtain-walling treatments to the rear and side elevations. The penetration of solar gain into the building is also carefully controlled using external solar shading and deep reveals in the external walls.

“Associated Architects has delivered an inspiring office project for the City Council with a real clarity of organisation and great visual impact – in my opinion the best new office building in Birmingham!”

Peter Jones, Head of Property, Birmingham City Council.

Client: Birmingham City Council
Project Value: £35m
Completion: 2011
BREEAM: Excellent
National BCO Award 2013
Regional BCO Award 2013
Built in Quality Award 2012

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