The redevelopment of the Chamberlain Halls of Residence provides a bright, modern home for 726 first year students at the University of Birmingham. The 21 storey tower’s ground floor is home to social spaces including catering and social facilities, along with other amenities including a launderette. The bedrooms have Wi-Fi as standard along with energy efficient heating.
Building on our long term relationship with the University, and having supported the redevelopment of the existing student residences on the Vale Student Village, our team was commissioned through the University of Birmingham’s quantity surveying framework.
Sustainability was at the heart of the development from the outset, not just in terms of construction techniques and running costs, but as a holistic whole site approach. As a result, we proposed a design competition, influencing the parameters of the competition to establish a high level of sustainability as key criteria in the selection process.
The design team and University worked extremely closely with the local planners, conservation officers, student bodies, local residents and wider general public to ensure the development was in keeping with the local planning policy and met the aspirations of the students, University and wider community.
Our input and support in the redevelopment scheme has enabled the University to create a high impact gateway building to the Vale Student Village, with the development proving to be one of the most popular amongst the student community.