Centre for Human Brain Health

University of Birmingham

Project Value:

£3 million

Client:

Completion:

2019

Key Points

Sleep Laboratories

Neuromag MEG Scanner Suite

High-speed computer lab for data analysis

Facilities for 55 staff

Significant Expansion

By 2015 the University of Birmingham’s School of Psychology had expanded significantly, requiring a review of their accommodation strategy, which led to a feasibility study to establish viable options for new facilities.

The creation the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH) allows expansion and continuation of inter-disciplinary research with HNS Trust partners like the QE Hospital. The new lab facility enables investigation into the brain using state-of-the-art imaging techniques within a collaborative and intellectually rich research environment.

Specialist Teaching and Research

CHBH was a multi-phased project across 3 buildings tying into a complex programme of campus relocations that included, offices and labs for specialist teaching & research, a 3T MRI and a Elekta Neuromag MEG scanner suite, 2 equipped sleep laboratories, observation rooms, an exercise lab, brain simulation facilities. CHBH also includes fast eye trackers & Propixx projector suite and high-speed computer lab for analysis and data storage, together with associated staff offices and support facilities for 55 staff.

The three-storey, brick-clad building sits within a Conservation Area within mature landscape and has a striking façade pattern using projecting brick headers and a 10m high artwork through the atrium based on brain function.

Connections

The CHBH is connected to the main 52 Pritchatts Road building via a new bridge at first floor level. 52 Pritchatts Road comprises of 6 levels including a new school reception, PhD Suites, lecture theatre, dry labs, test cubicles and academic offices, with further growth in the school a third Phase in an adjoining building is planned. The project was one of the first to utilise the Construction West Midlands Framework, a new method of procuring contractors.