University College Birmingham

New Campus Development

Sarcophagus and the-project were chosen as the collaboration service for the development of a 4 acre site, near to UCB present campus, which has secured their longer term future.

The proposed first phase for the development was a large building of world-class design, with provision primarily for postgraduate studies; with lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a large flexible auditorium, a 24-hour collaborative learning hub, conferencing facilities and improved internal and external social space for students.

The Buildings are some of the most energy efficient and eco-friendly in the country, featuring natural air conditioning, grey water recycling, green roofs, etc.

UCB were mindful that the development is in a Conservation Area, being on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter, and were sympathetic to this in developing the proposals in conjunction with the Birmingham City Council’s Planning Department, who were very enthusiastic about the potential for the development to add to the amenities and use of this historic part of the city. As a very broad timeline, UCB achieved full design and planning by October 2011, works commenced on the new site in November 2011 and opened in September 2014.

During very tough financial times in higher and further education in coming years, this project was a truly exciting stage in UCBs development.  The UCB Corporation’s determination to progress it during such a downturn in the economy and the construction industry demonstrated great confidence in the future.


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