ProjectBirmingham
ProductCorporate W20
ArchitectAukett Swanke
ContractorBowmer & Kirkland

A new education facility for Birmingham City University – STEAMhouse 2 –  marries the restored frontage of a former Victorian industrial building with a brand new addition designed to promote interdisciplinary courses that bring together artists, scientists and engineers with input from industry.

The locally-listed red brick and terracotta façade of the 1899 Belmont cycle works was

 

preserved after a disastrous fire gutted the building in 2007.

That now fronts a new brick building the rear elevation of which boasts Corporate W20 windows in black plus two fire-rated Crittall windows and two fire-rated Crittall doors installed in a fire escape.

Beyond this is a new four and five-storey building comprising workshops and teaching spaces. The new and reconstructed buildings are linked by an open central space, beneath a transparent roof, to encourage interaction between students and trainees attending the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – based university courses on offer.

The Crittall profiles are sensitive to the industrial heritage of the original building while complementing the 21st century ethos underpinning the STEAMhouse’s ambitions.


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