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Mason Hall Student Amenity Hub

external photograph of amenity hub at dusk

Glancy Nicholls Architects have designed and delivered a small, standalone launderette and student social space. This space is associated with the University of Birmingham’s Mason Hall development, located on the Vale – a Grade II listed park and Garden in Edgbaston.

As one of the hosting bodies for athletes competing in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it was essential that the Amenity Hub was delivered in time for the games and designed in line with requirements to assist the University in accommodating the needs of these athletes.

Comprising a single storey building set into the landscape, the small pavilion building accommodates a series of washers and dryers, and social space for up to 30 students looking out over the Vale, towards the UoB Chamberlain halls of residence.


The Vale is a grade II listed park and garden formed in the mid 20th century as part of the University of Birmingham’s campus transformation and has acted as an early example of a university campus landscape, later being influential on the design of later campus universities including York University and the University of East Anglia. The student amenity hub was designed to complete the series of buildings throughout the vale, originally based upon the masterplan developed by Sir Hugh Casson and Neville Conder in 1957. The buildings are nestled in the landscape design, executed by Birmingham Landscape architect Mary Mitchell.

Glass fronted single story building at dusk
external architectural photograph of amenity hub
Mason Hall Amenity Hub