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Old February 24th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Muirhead Tower| University of B'ham | 16fl | U/C

apologies if there was a thread but couldn't find it and for consistency.

Planning Application Details
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Application number
S/02382/06/FUL

Date application received
19/04/2006

Date application registered
19/04/2006

Status
Decision Made

Location
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston - Muirhead Tower, B15 2TT

Proposal
Refurbishment of Muirhead Tower including external alterations (louvres and cladding), etc.
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Muirhead Tower
Full internal and external refurbishment to replace redundant services and upgrade academic and office accommodation.
Authorised Capital Cost:£48m
Project Manager:Simon Shakespeare
Design Team:
Architect - Associated Architects
Services Engineer - Couch Perry Wilkes
Structural Engineer - Faver Maunsell
Quantity Surveyor - RLF Birmingham
Contractor: Galliford Try
Programme:
Start on Site: - May 2007
Completion - Winter 2008/09
http://www.estates.bham.ac.uk/projec...ad%20Tower.htm

Associated Architects information

Brief

The Muirhead Tower is a sixteen-storey
building comprising over 12,000sq.m. of gross
floor space in two towers and a podium base,
designed by Sir Philip Dowson of Arup
Associates and completed in 1971. Although
exceptional design quality this landmark
building has suffered from failure of its glazing
system, and deterioration of the exposed
concrete has made the podium unsafe. The
brief requires these technical issues to be
resolved together with complete upgrading of
M&E services, fire engineering, improved
accessibility and vertical circulation.

Solution

The building is to be sensitively remodeled and
refurbished for the Schools of Social Sciences
and Humanities and also to include office
space for Information Services. The
refurbished tower will accommodate 150
academic offices and 230 post graduate writeup
spaces. The podium will be remodeled
around the existing Allardyce Nicol studio
theatre providing additional rehearsal spaces
and changing and technical facilities. Central
student facilities will be provided including a
suite of lecture rooms for between 60P and
100P, an entrance cafe bar, replacement lifts
and toilet cores, and improved accessibility
throughout the building. The concrete is to be
repaired and the glazing system is to be
replaced with a double skin which controls the
thermal and solar performance of the building
which is currently deficient. The podium level is
to be extended to provide additional stairs,
space for the cafe and to provide a new
building main entrance. The project is due to
start on site in October 2006 and complete in
the summer of 2008.

Client:
University of Birmingham

Project Value:
£25 million

Completion Date:
July 2008


http://www.associated-architects.co....rheadtower.pdf

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Mammoth Muirhead Tower for Arts, bridging the ring road (a location regretted by Conder), by Phillip Dowson of Arup Associates, 1968-9, variously loved or loathed. A 'dark' floor of laboratories or lecture halls for every two glazed floors, and a large hall in its sloping underbelly.
Pevsner Guide, 2005, p.250.

The name incidentally comes from the first philosophy professor of the University.

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Soapbox photo - August 2007
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Flickr photo - October 2007
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Some views from roof courtessy of 28 Days Later Forum
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/...ad.php?t=19339
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Old February 24th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #2
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Doesn't that look good . Thanks for those feltip .
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Old February 24th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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Old February 24th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #4
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Great pics .Thanks for those .
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Old February 24th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #5
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It's in the wrong place, it's made of the wrong material, it's never worked as a building, never been safe due to design faults, hurrah for Modernism.

It's 59 Metres according to Skyscraper News.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #6
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Old February 24th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #7
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Rather strange looking building. Must admit I never noticed this one even though have seen the clock tower when going from Selly Oak to the QE Hospital round the back of the University.
Interesting how many of these 60's buildings are now having serious money spent renovating them. Sheffield Universities Iconic Arts tower is also having a Reglaze and other services up dated, But Its a listed structure.

Makes you wonder how many Building from the 60's should have been refurbished and not just flattened in the 80's and 90's.

P.S. Should the thread title not be RENO not U/C as its an existing structure, its not being replaced with a new building
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Old February 24th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #8
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Has this been given an extra floor? Only it looks to be taller.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #9
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I forgot all about this, probaly because I have not heard much on it, plus it is not very noticible when driving past.

But I do like it and cant wait until complete.
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Has this been given an extra floor? Only it looks to be taller.
It looks like the rooftop plant rooms and adjacent space has had a screen round the whole area to enclose the roof space, if you look at the renders. Probably so the can fit lots of coms (mobile phone etc transmiters up there), as well as extra A/C units with safe access for H&S reasons, as handrails round the edge would spoil the roof line.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 03:12 PM   #11
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Thanks for starting the thread feltip. I like this building, it's pure Modernism and I think the refurb has done quite well in improving what is quite a difficult building, what with all the concretey faces.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #12
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Blimey, takes me back. Used to walk under this on my way back to Lake hall on my way back from lectures. Many many moons ago.

I remember the walkway got closed for ages after some glazing blew off it (and onto the walkway underneath) in high winds. This was about 1990.

At the time I remember people saying it had never intended to be a permanant part of the uni when it was built, and it really did stand out amongst the university's very nice architecture. It really wasn't much of a looker.

Wonder if they are going to paint the concrete otherwise its going to look shitty again in a few years.
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I like it. I remember having lectures in it and going to the top in the paternosters. Im glad it is being renovated not knocked down. Its ambitious and I think it provides an interesting contrast to the other buildings on what must be one of the loveliest campus sites in England
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Joe can you explain how the paternosters worked when you got to the top? What would happen if you didn't get out at the top floor?
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With most of them, (im not old enough to remember the Muirhead ones myself) you could stay on them. The going upside down as it went over top is a myth.

I believe Sheffield Uni still has them?
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So does Leicester.
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Yes the Arts Tower has them and Their refurbishing them I belive as its a listed building.

Taken about 2 weeks ago. Its got a thread on the Sheffield developments forum.


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I was never brave enough to go 'over the top'. I think you may have ended up in Narnia.
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A clip of a paternoster at the University of Leicester

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=OXSnNzGJDdg

I think i have figured out what happens when you go over the top it seems to show it at the end on the clip going into the eves before coming down on the adjacent side
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Hey guys, anyone have a photo of this prior to renovation work starting?
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