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University House, Birmingham

Internal shot looking up between floor levels to top skylight

Intricate extension and refurbishment of grade 2 listed business school

Glancy Nicholls Architects were appointed onto the redevelopment of the University House scheme for the University of Birmingham, located within the Edgbaston Conservation Area.

The project consists of an extension to the existing business school at the University, which now provides space for 135 staff and academics within a mix of shared and cellular offices, student welfare facilities and social spaces. The extension provides a new hub, helping to centralise the relevant academic offices from the other buildings on campus in a more focused and facilitating way within the existing grounds.

University House itself is Grade II listed, designed originally by Herbert T. Buckland and constructed in 1908. The listing highlights the importance of the formation of the plan arrangement and its' associated wings, alongside the careful and intricate material details of the façade, influenced by the Queen Anne architectural movement. Importance is placed on its’ cultural significance, as this style of architecture was most notably associated with colleges that spearheaded the entry of women into higher education from the late 19th Century.

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