Glancy Nicholls Architects were appointed to provide full executive architect services for the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Former Municipal Bank. The scheme provides a new city-centre-based campus for the University of Birmingham, including a student incubator, and spaces for conferencing, curated exhibition, and public engagement. These facilities serve to reconnect the building with the wider city as well as enable community access.
The Municipal Bank was designed by T.Cecil Howitt and built in 1933, but it has been vacant since 2006. The building is significant to Birmingham and its’ importance lies within the preservation of the city’s original culture and values. The condition of the Bank meant the extent of refurbishment and repair required was extensive. As such, we worked alongside the University and Galliford Try to adapt the Bank for reuse, undertaking key conservation works to honour and reflect the standing and heritage of the building.
Concept Design by Make Architects
- Conservation & Regeneration Award 2022
- RICS Heritage Project Awards 2022