The University of Birmingham have submitted plans for a new School of Engineering and rail research and innovation centre. A full 3D animation accompanied the plans, which can be viewed here.
Turley submitted the plans for the Associated Architects designed scheme on behalf of the University.
The new School of Engineering facility is a 12,676m² development. This includes almost 2,500m² dedicated to research partnerships with the rail industry. This is part of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN).
The School comprises of;
- School of Engineering – a 10,180m² facility which will become the home to the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education, one of the jewels in the crown of research expertise at the University of Birmingham – and has recently been awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize.
- UKRRIN Digital Systems Innovation Centre – a 2,496m² new building which will support The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education and provide office and lab accommodation for research and academic partnerships in the rail industry.
A leader in the Engineering sector
The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education at The University of Birmingham is the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe. Its research partnerships see experts working with over 50 companies in more than 20 countries.
UKRRIN is a £92 million partnership between the rail supply industry and eight universities. It’s purpose is to carry out research that aims to establish the UK as a world-leading centre of railway excellence.
The new facility will focus on innovation in railways-related digital systems. Purpose-designed buildings will create an inspirational and collaborative environment near other related engineering facilities.
To develop a new route to the ‘Green Heart’, a striking area of parkland being created at the centre of the Campus, the site is located on the south west side of the Campus
The School aims to position itself as a leader in the Engineering sector. The strength and quality of its teaching and research will help to attract the world’s best academics. As a result, this should lead to an increase in its academic staff base from approximately 80 to 140 staff.
Joe Belcher – Associate said,
“The building will offer a variety of contemporary and flexible design and research spaces. These will act as an incubator for innovation and strengthen teaching and research partnerships. In addition, the arrangement of the spaces around a generous atrium containing flexible learning environments will also enable greater collaboration between staff and students.”
The scheme’s chosen materials integrate the proposed building with the surrounding urban realm. Many of the specified materials referencing recent developments from around the University campus.