Glancy Nicholls Architects are currently working with the University of Birmingham on the re-development of University House, an existing Grade II Listed building located within the University’s Edgbaston campus.
The proposed extension and refurbishment will provide the Business School with an additional 140-150 academic and professional services office spaces, as well as a number of high-quality meeting rooms and social spaces for staff; the majority of which are proposed as single-person academic offices. This will allow the School to consolidate all of its non-teaching activity on one site, thus maximising operational efficiencies in terms of how it uses its estate whilst, placing and re-establishing University House as the heart and focus of the School.
This scheme is an important part in supporting the institution in attracting and retaining talent to the Business School in Birmingham. The provision of research space for some of the School’s key research centres is crucial in creating an intellectually vibrant research community. The geographic dispersal of key parts of the School make it hard to embed cross-departmental and subject working into day-to-day academic life, but the proposals will bring all these elements and aspirations together, thus allowing for planned expansion and diversification in the future.