Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee has unanimously approved MJP designed proposals for student accommodation, sports facilities, a cafe and a bar at the south entrance to the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus.
This mixed-use development, set against the wonderful Aston Webb buildings, will form a fitting southern gateway to the University of Birmingham
The approved proposals contain a mix of uses which will help to create a lively atmosphere at this busy entrance to the campus: a public cafe and bar overlooking the new plaza; changing rooms and ancillary accommodation; and student rooms in self-contained flats.
The University’s stringent carbon reduction programme requires that the buildings achieve an Energy Performance Certificate EPC A
The project also includes plans for a future road bridge across the Bourn Brook at the west end of the site, providing access from the newly-built Aston Webb Boulevard into the campus.
The residences consist of 178 ensuite study bedrooms arranged in 34 flats ranging from 4 to 7 people per flat. 11 study bedrooms are accessible rooms for wheelchair users. The residences are designed in three staggered blocks, each having a main entrance from the south and a secondary entrance to the north courtyard. Kitchen/dining/living rooms are at the outer corners of each block with good views into the campus and along the road.
The pavilion is conceived as a stand-alone building. A cafe fronts the new plaza with a reception area for arriving students or sports teams. There is a separate entrance to the sports changing rooms (for 2 rugby teams and 6 hockey teams) on the north side of the pavilion, giving direct access to the University’s playing fields. A salon bar and terrace on the first floor overlooks the plaza, with views across the playing fields and back to the listed Edwardian Aston Webb buildings and “Old Joe” clock tower
Outline Planning was gained in August 2012 as part of the University’s Hybrid Planning Application.