Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS)and S&P Architects are to design a new sports centre as part of a £175 million transformation of the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus
Described as ‘reinterpreting founder Joseph Chamberlain’s vision for the estate for the 21st century’, the sports centre will include Birmingham’s first 50m swimming pool.
The University’s director of estates Ian Barker said: ‘Although we are very proud of the Edgbaston campus these are significant and exciting projects that will benefit students, staff and the local area. The University was founded to be an asset for the city and these plans have that aim in mind.
‘For that reason, a number of developments, like the proposed new sports centre, swimming pool and the cultural hub, focus on facilities that will benefit the community as well as staff and students..
He added: ‘We also hope that extending student accommodation and staff car parking on campus will relieve pressure on Selly Oak. Our plans also envisage a reduction in the University’s environmental impact and carbon footprint. We hope that local people will work with us in shaping these plans over the next few months.’