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AHR gets go-ahead for Birmingham innovation campus scheme

Birmingham Innovation Campus Universities Centre by AHR
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AHR has won planning for a £2.49 million building as part of Birmingham’s innovation campus


The building, dubbed Universities Centre, is the second of five schemes set to be built as part of the new campus development.

The 500m² project will provide new studios, workspaces, training rooms and offices above an existing car park podium.

The scheme is set to complete in September 2016.

Architect’s view

The building’s rectangular form is designed to be prominent at the approach into Faraday Wharf and enhance the existing building’s setting. It will also complement Innovation Birmingham’s adjacent and soon to be completed iCentrum building.

The Universities Centre is elegantly clad in a combination of metal cladding and glass. A rhythm of floor to floor glazing distributes daylight evenly throughout the internal spaces. Part of the façade is envisaged as a ‘sleeve’ which wraps the building in a solid metal faced cladding.

Birmingham Innovation Campus Universities Centre by AHR

Birmingham Innovation Campus Universities Centre by AHR

Project data

Location Holt Street, Birmingham
Type of project innovation centre and event space
Client Innovation Birmingham and Thomas Vale Construction
Architect AHR
Landscape architect AHR
Structural engineer Nolan Associates
M&E consultant Crouch Perry Wilkes
Quantity surveyor Thomas Vale Construction
Lighting consultant Crouch Perry Wilkes
Main contractor Thomas Vale Construction
Funding Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Start on site date February 2016
Completion date September 2016
Contract duration 8 months
Gross internal floor area 500m²
Form of contract and/or procurement NEC D&B
Total cost £2.49m

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