• University Locks, Birmingham City University

    Client: FP McCann
    Value: £30 million
    Start date: 2015
    Completion date: 2016
    Services: Civil & Structural; Infrastructure; Geo-Environmental Engineering

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    The University Locks building offers modern, high quality student accommodation alongside much needed retail and business starter units.

    The mixed-use scheme was designed to complement the city’s canal side area and enhance Birmingham’s academic reputation in addition to supporting the Eastside Locks regeneration site.

    University Locks comprises of three blocks which include 660 student bedrooms arranged in clusters around communal facilities. The development’s ground floor units have been designed for retailers and businesses to support the growing consumer needs of the area.

    The building boasts a striking façade with deep window reveals and acid etched white concrete creating an iconic silhouette on Birmingham’s skyline.

    Added Value:

    The team at Curtins utilised hybrid steel and concrete precast technology to respond to the site’s constrained city centre location and minimal working space outside the building’s footprint. Thanks to offsite manufacturing and successful just-in-time delivery, the Curtins team was able to support the delivery of all three blocks simultaneously.

    Curtins applied innovative and efficient digital and communication workflows which minimised waste, improved communication, and ultimately solved problems quickly.

    Key Points:

    • 660 student bedrooms spanning three blocks consisting of eight to 17-storeys
    • Ground floor retail units
    • Structures are formed from hybrid steel and precast concrete frame
    • Modelled using BIM Level 2 workflows