We were appointed by Birmingham University in 2005 to produce a Development Framework for their Edgbaston and Selly Oak campuses for the next 10 years, as well as to provide design services and advice on various individual building and urban design projects.
The challenge of the Development Plan is to enhance the character of the campus, and improving connections across the campus to form a cohesive and legible whole.
Large, research-intensive universities are complicated organisations; ‘master-planning’ their facilities requires a very thoughtful, sophisticated and creative approach – which is exactly what Liz Pride and the team at MJP have delivered.
The Development Plan provides a Framework for the future development of the University – it is robust, yet flexible, to ensure that the University is able to meet changing needs and opportunities as they arise.
The University faces the challenge of major new developments on its boundaries; a trunk road, hospital scheme and major mixed use development. MJP’s aim is to assist in this transition period by maximising the potential advantages; such as increased public presence for the University, whilst mitigating against the less desirable effects; such as acoustic and visual intrusion.
Permission has been granted for a complex Hybrid Planning Application comprising MJP’s Campus Masterplan and 21 projects worth £175 million. The Masterplan provides a robust but flexible framework for long term phased development which enhances the appearance and character of the campus, supporting the University’s aim to compete at the top end of the global Higher Education market. The projects include new accommodation for 200 students and sports and social facilities designed by MJP on a prominent ‘gateway’ site.
- University of Birmingham
- 2005 - ongoing commission