BCU Curzon Building

The Curzon Building

Birmingham City University

Project Value:

£46 million

Client:

Completion:

2015

Key Points

EPC: A
BREEAM: Excellent
Phase Two of a wider masterplan
Grade II listed elements

BCU Curzon Building

Phase II

The Curzon Building is the second phase of Birmingham City University’s ambitious City Centre Campus masterplan. The RIBA award winning Parkside Building we delivered in 2013 established the new campus and provided a high standard of building for the University and surrounding Eastside area. The Curzon Building was envisioned as a bold ‘front door’ for the University and a landmark development that would stand proudly at the eastern end of the recently redeveloped City Park.

The Bold Front Door

The Curzon Building is the second phase of Birmingham City University’s ambitious City Centre Campus masterplan. The RIBA award winning Parkside Building we delivered in 2013 established the new campus and provided a high standard of building for the University and surrounding Eastside area. The Curzon Building was envisioned as a bold ‘front door’ for the University and a landmark development that would stand proudly at the eastern end of the recently redeveloped City Park.

BCU Curzon Building

Multiple Faculties and a Victorian Pub

The 25,000sq.m building is home to the faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences, the Birmingham Business School and the University Directorate, as well as a library, catering and student services. A new Student’s Union was created by sensitively redeveloping the Grade II listed Victorian Eagle and Ball public house. This restoration has produced an exciting contrast between the modern academic facilities and the historic pub.

The numerous academic and student services are split over two wings of accommodation that are aligned to Cardigan and Curzon Street and are linked by a central atrium. The Cardigan Street wing contains five storeys, whereas Curzon’s holds six. The internal material and colour palettes enhance the atrium’s high levels of natural daylight to create a bright workspace for students. Lecture theatres, collaborative study areas, breakout spaces and IT stations are spread across the floors, with the entrance being utilised for exhibitions and events.

Visual Framework

Externally the building continues the material palette and style established with the Parkside project, whilst introducing a new striking element – the red terracotta solar shading fins. We worked extensively with the University to ensure that the two projects created a harmonious visual framework for future developments to draw upon.
Our design has provided the University with a high-performance building that allows them to attain impressive low energy targets. Thanks to a biomass boiler, adiabatic cooling and mixed mode ventilation the building has achieved ratings of BREEAM Excellent and EPC A.

The Curzon Building has provided the next stepping stone in the University’s masterplan and during its delivery we were appointed to design the Curzon B project, a continuation of the new campus. We are thrilled to continue working with the University to transform a large part of the city centre into a vibrant modern campus.