Curzon B

Birmingham City University

Project Value:

£31 million

Client:

Completion:

2018

Key Points

BREEAM: Excellent

Continuation of a wider masterplan

Photovoltaic panels

Mixed mode ventilation

Reshaping the City

We have been involved with the development of Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus since its inception, having already delivered the Parkside and first phase of the Curzon Building. These state of the art higher education facilities have reshaped a huge swathe of the city, breathing life into the previously overlooked Eastside area.

Expanding a Growing Campus

Phase II expands the growing campus, providing a mixture of formal and informal teaching spaces for a further 3,000 students. Thanks to its position the building, also offers excellent canal side views and extensive external landscaping has provided space for the building’s inhabitants to relax and engage with each other.

We have worked with the University to establish a strong visual vocabulary for the campus. Phase II continues the language of the first phase of the Curzon Building. Keeping the fins motif to denote key social learning spaces, as well as providing excellent solar shading. Our design utilises a combination of brickwork and glazing to create a crisp contemporary style, which echoes the industrial heritage of the surrounding area.

Energy Efficiency

Much like the primiary phase, the building is split into two sections with a two and six-storey element. On the six-storey block, bronze window reveals create a strong visual marker for the building when viewed from the canal corridor.

An expansion to the Student Union was created through this project, as well as a research centre and support areas.

With both the Parkside and Curzon Buildings, efficient energy performance is a key element of the design. A combination of photovoltaic panels, mixed mode ventilation, high levels of air tightness and a biomass boiler have resulted in ratings of EPC B and BREEAM Excellent.

The University’s campus is continuing to revitalise Eastside and changing its skyline. We are thrilled to continue working with the University to transform a large part of the city centre into a vibrant modern campus.