Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, University of Birmingham
Type: New build
Partner: Galliford Try
The 172-bed hotel and conference facility is located near to the University’s existing conference facilities and creates provision for 220 beds overall. The new contemporary facilities aim to boost the external revenue the University is able to generate by providing a modern venue for both internal and external functions.
The project included the regeneration of Garth House, a Grade II listed building, and Horton Grange as part of the work to preserve them for future generations. Both buildings form part of the University’s existing conference facilities.
The new four-storey hotel links into a two-storey conference facility that provides increased flexibility for conferences and other events alongside a new energy centre, administration facility, restaurant, bar and central kitchen.
During the project’s second state, the Galliford Try team worked in collaboration with the client, their design team and key supply chain partners to develop £8m of value engineering, ensuring the scheme met the client’s budgetary requirements whilst not compromising the scheme’s design.
As the site sits within the Edgbaston Conservation Area and contains a formal garden, numerous species of wildlife including bats and badgers had to be carefully relocated or protected. All works were carried out with a sensitive approach ensuring zero damage and that their new habitats were undisturbed.
The construction methodology Galliford Try adopted to deliver this project involved mass fill reinforced foundations, a steel frame with lightweight SFS infill, composite deck flooring and bathroom pods. The benefits of these systems included speed of erection and the flexibility to incorporate VE whilst the delivery was progressing. These methodologies also helped facilitate the installation of the GRC cladding.
- £8M value engineering to deliver the project on budget
- Wildlife and protected species relocated or protected within designated conservation area
- Use of modern construction techniques optimised construction process and speed of erection
- Works undertaken at the heart of a busy campus bounded by residential properties and teaching facilities