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Old April 29th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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The Curzon Building | Curzon St - Cardigan Street| 6 fl | Comp.

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City Centre Campus: Phase II
Phase Two of Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus extends its estate including BIAD and Millennium Point as a coherent development around the City Park. The building is designed to form a ‘front door’ for the university and a landmark at the eastern end of the park, designed to align with the Curzon District of Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’.

The building acts as a student hub for the campus to provide facilities including library, catering, student services and Student’s Union incorporating the Grade II listed Eagle and Ball public house. The building also provides accommodation for the faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences, Birmingham City Business School and the University Directorate.

The building has two wings of accommodation following Cardigan and Curzon Streets, linked by an atrium. In compliance with the masterplan, the building has five occupied storeys in Cardigan Street and six in Curzon Street at the end of the park. A two storey element of larger footprint contains the student hub around a secondary atrium engaging the public house. External space to the east is accessible from within the building to extend use and enjoyment of the canal environment.

Low energy targets are to be met by a high performance external envelope and by engaging the thermal mass of the structure. Mixed mode ventilation with opening windows will ensure excellent internal conditions with user control. A biomass boiler and adiabatic cooling are employed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and Energy Performance Rating of A.

Client: Birmingham City University
Project Value: £45.0m
Completion: 2015
http://www.associatedarchitects.co.u...mpus-phase-ii/









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Old April 29th, 2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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Ooh that looks quite nice, cheers for posting mikey

Any idea how many phases BCU have for eastside? and is it expansion for them or replacement for the ones over perry Barr?
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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #3
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good find mikey

interesting that this is up on the architects website before a press release from the university/client...

i suppose as this is from an architect and not the uni, there is no certainty that this will be the final design, but as Associated Architects seem to be BCUs architect of choice, the odds seem pretty good!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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There was also a consultation about this for interested parties a few weeks ago, so I suspect there's something in this, although designs can obviously change.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 12:44 AM   #5
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I like that! As a plan B for the end of the park (I'd prefer a canal extension into it) this is a nice idea.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I really like this one - should look really good in the area (provided the materials are of good quality) - and I envy the students!

FINALLY it looks like things are improving for eastside, after so many years of disapointments...
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Old May 1st, 2012, 12:52 AM   #7
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If this is top quality, its going to look amazing!

Eastside is FINALLY coming along, but whats with the blank sides of the car park, something going to be built next to it?
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Old May 1st, 2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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It's alrite...I don't think it helps my opinion of the building when they portray the outside as quite lifeless and that it looks more and more like a university campus than a downtown city area.

I'd like the buildings on the right to be offices to mix it up a bit. Ah well...moan over
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Old May 1st, 2012, 12:30 PM   #9
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i have to admit whilst i do like how it looks, there is a tiny bit of a concern that eastside becomes a university campus....

but this would have always been the case with bcu locating there
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I do agree with both woody and grafik. Although I feel once the offices move down there and we get HS2 etc, there would be a little more integration.
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I thought Eastside was always going to be focused around education?

We have the current BCU nti building, BOA, Matthew Boulton College, Mellienum Point, Aston Uni and now this BCU Uni along with the first phase..
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and the new Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios designed Aston University Engineering Academy

http://www.auea.co.uk/
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 02:17 PM   #13
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Agree about more life and offices / retail / eateries. Curzon St could become like a mix between Brindleyplace and Hurst St with cafes and bars underneath offices over the road from MP.
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Agree about more life and offices / retail / eateries. Curzon St could become like a mix between Brindleyplace and Hurst St with cafes and bars underneath offices over the road from MP.
As you say Brindley Place-esque. Just considerably busier!
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I thought Eastside was always going to be focused around education?

We have the current BCU nti building, BOA, Matthew Boulton College, Mellienum Point, Aston Uni and now this BCU Uni along with the first phase..
It is. These plots were originally for education. A swap with the library for BCU (was also a swap for the current Conservatoire for the proposed library site) meant that VTP/Pinnacle went ahead in plans. VTP never happened and BCU had their old site back.

Apart from HS2, Eastside is back to the original plans in the late 1990's that Labour came up with.
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As you say Brindley Place-esque. Just considerably busier!
20,000+ students in the area, more than work at Brindleyplace. HS2, museum quarter etc will make the footfall huge for the area.
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20,000+ students in the area, more than work at Brindleyplace. HS2, museum quarter etc will make the footfall huge for the area.
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20,000+ students in the area, more than work at Brindleyplace. HS2, museum quarter etc will make the footfall huge for the area.

Are these 20,000 students extra or just moving from current site ?.....I was under the impression that BCU only had 25,000 students in total on the older sites and likewise...UCB only about 5000 ?...Aston maybe 10,000 ?
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4,000 already at Millennium Point. BIAD, media school and Conservatoire all moving. Also have BOA, Matthew Boulton, NTI and Aston. Easily 20,000+ students in the area.
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I thought Conservatoire was heading to Arena Central?
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