|Open Advantage software demonstration facility (UCECom), Broad Street, Birmingham
Client: Birmingham City University / Advantage West Midlands
Status: Completed December 2003
The scheme needed to reflect the University department's foray into the private sector whilst minimising the re-instatement work necessary at the end of the lease for this short-term external funded project.
UCECom was a company based within UCE's (now Birmingham City University) Visual Communication Department, supported by Advantage West Midlands to provide open source software to local creative industries. The building was divided into 3 clear sections corresponding to the 3 floors. The ground floor housed all of the public functions such as a seminar space and demonstration room, the middle floor was used for staff breakout space, and the top floor was an open plan office environment.
- aesthetics respond to the nature of the client and their work
- highly graphical interior with emphasis on glass screens and lighting
- server room feature on first floor
- significant security issues dealt with