The Parkside atrium has been home to an exhibition space and small cafe area since the building opened. Due to space pressures we were commissioned to transform the atrium into a contemporary co-working / social learning space to maximise its use.
#664 The Den, Leyland House
Interior and Exterior Refurbishment of Former Office Block into Student Centre
This brief for Birmingham City University required the conversion of and both the interior and exterior refurbishment of a former office block into a student hub with social, study and hybrid spaces following consultation with student representative groups.
Following the completion of this project by another architect a year before we were commissioned to undertake a full FF&E review and re-design of BCU's Curzon Library to optimise its use. We worked closely with the Student Union and Library staff to understand the issues and develop solutions.
#855 BCU School of Jewellery
Design for Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, St Paul's Square
We completed the design for the refurbishment of the former Abbey College, 10 St Paul's Square as part of a masterplan for Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery.
The former interior was dated and needed modernising. To ensure successful results, we worked closely with the university staff who would be using the building to get a good idea of their requirements.
#863 Halesowen College Student Hub
Furniture Selection for Halesowen College Student Hub at Shenstone House
We completed the furniture selection for the refurbishment at Shenstone House, Halesowen College, which included an update of the learning resource centre and cafeteria. We worked closely alongside the architects for this time sensitive project, BPN Architects, as work had to be completed during the six week summer holiday.
#731 Joseph Priestly Building
Relocation of University's Professional Services Departments
BCU took on the lease of a 56,000 sq. ft shell and core building and our brief was to relocate over 500 of the University’s Professional Services staff to Birmingham city centre into the four storey (plus basement) building. The departments included Estates, Campus Management Services, HR, Finance, IT, Learning and Library Resources, and Academic Services
Working with staff from the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and BCU’s Research Innovation and Enterprise Department, the project started as a series of interviews with key BCU staff to ascertain the need for such a facility, including identifying a number of precedents in the UK and Europe. Following this, generic designs were produced which in turn led to a detailed feasibility design for the former Typhoo tea factory building in Digbeth which was used as part of a submission to central Government, ultimately receiving £14m worth of funding.
As part of the Birmingham City Council’s schools programme, Willmott Dixon commissioned us to develop the Acivico scheme and design a new-build two-storey building for Allen's Croft Primary School, Kings Heath, Birmingham. It provides additional classrooms to the existing PFI school.
#788 UCB Moss House
Interior Design and FF&E for University College Birmingham Phase 2
The project was won via competitive tender for the interior design and FF&E of University College Birmingham's latest building which will house a range of facilities including a diner, student union, employability office, teaching and breakout spaces, staff facilities, and specialist sports teaching spaces.
The brief called for the relocation of the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) from an adjacent building into the former canteen and kitchen spaces in main School of Jewellery on Vittoria Street.
Following the Technology Hub project we completed at the School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street we were commissioned by Birmingham City University to assist with the fit out of the areas they are leasing in the new Assay Office in the Jewellery Quarter for their Gemmology students.
Despite a very tight design period and an even tighter construction programme, we were able to completely transform the whole floor from a dated 1960s interior to one fit for a contemporary design school, for Birmingham School of Architecture.
The project centred around the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the main entrance coffee shop/snack bar at the Dudley College campus. The existing space had been fragmented by a number of additions over time which had resulted in both an inefficient and tired-looking interior.
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.