CBSO Centre

Built in 1998 to complement the performance facilities at Symphony Hall, the CBSO Centre is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), its sister organisation Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Ex Cathedra.

The Centre provides a range of performance, rehearsal and meeting facilities, including a magnificent 300-seat fully flexible auditorium. When not in use by the CBSO the main hall is available for public concerts, conferences, educational workshops, meetings, exhibitions, dinner dances, weddings and much more. Located in Birmingham city centre, the building is easily accessible from both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill stations as well as all major road networks.

After 15 years at the heart of the city’s cultural life, the central Birmingham building and its infrastructure had become outdated and expensive to maintain. To improve the facility and reduce occupation costs, an extensive refurbishment programme was planned, including upgrade of building services to reduce energy consumption.

One of the main objectives for this project, was to achieve reduced energy consumption. At the beginning of the project, sustainable development principles were agreed and the following components were implemented in the project:

  • Boilers - Previous boilers were less than 80% efficient whilst the new ones are over 95%, which will save the centre approximately £3,000 per year
  • Pumps - Energy consumption should reduce by an estimated 20%
  • Heating System - Previously leaking radiators have been replaced, preventing wasted water pump power. A split heating system separates the rehearsal hall and the centre so the performance space will now only be heated when required
  • Building Management System - The reduced energy consumption should create a 15% reduction in energy costs
  • Lighting - The introduction of LED light fittings has allowed for a 50% decrease in energy consumption

Our appointment comprised undertaking feasibility elements, tender preparation, assisting in grant appointments, conducting value engineering exercises to achieve value for money, conducting valuations and agreeing the final account figure with the contractor.