Birmingham City University, City Centre Campus Redevelopment

Birmingham City University has assembled a £260million investment plan, with several phases, to enhance its city centre presence and accessibility. The investment plan involves a re-structuring process that will result in merging existing premises as well as bringing significant growth in core areas, where the city centre campus is the key focus for redevelopment.

The completed first phase of the city centre campus development is known as The Parkside Building. The Parkside Building is home to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design as well as Media Production for the Faculty of Performance Media and English which offer a media hub with courses in TV, radio and photography; generic studio space; wood/metal working workshops; ceramics and glass workshops; dye/printing and weaving studios; support functions; general teaching space and links to the School of Architecture and Building.

The completed second phase of the city centre campus development is known as the Curzon Building, which includes the Business School; integrated food and catering offer; library; student centre and social learning space; general teaching space and lecture theatres and high quality open space. The building has achieved BREEAM Excellent.

Our work across the two phases included the management of cost, third party interfaces and Construction Design and Management co-ordination. Our work responded to the client's key objectives by:

  • Our procurement expertise helped to reduce the potential length of pre-construction planning from 19 to 13 months
  • Knowing the industry and using our experience in similar projects allowed us to provide accurate advice on costs
  • We worked together with clients and stakeholders to share knowledge and understanding at an early stage
  • We identified value management and engineering opportunities to balance Net Useable Space against the budget. This means we could respond to our clients’ need to use space efficiently and increase student revenue
  • Our construction experts used Building Information Modelling (BIM), a 3D software tool, for estimating, change control and growing a greater sense of commercial understanding with the designers at an early stage through better collaboration

Birmingham Conservatoire - we are providing cost consultancy services on this landmark £46million scheme, which will be the first complete new build Conservatoire in the UK since 1987, and one of only nine in the UK. The new facility will provide state-of-the-art performance space and acoustic quality. It will comprise five performance venues, including a public concert hall with the capacity for 400 seats and a full orchestra, plus a recital hall at 150 seats and smaller experimental music space, organ and jazz rooms. There are also plans for more than 70 music practice rooms of various sizes. The new Birmingham Conservatoire will provide a world-class performance venue for the University and will reinforce Birmingham City University’s brand and its internationally recognised music teaching provision. Construction started in August 2015 and the venue is scheduled to open in September 2017.

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