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University of Birmingham building

Teaching and Learning, University of Birmingham


Value: £23M

Type: New build

Partner: Willmott Dixon

The Teaching and Learning Building is an educational hub at the centre of the campus designed to provide a flexible range of vibrant teaching, learning and study environments for collaboration and reflection.

The building comprises: a 500-seater lecture theatre; a 250-seater interactive lecture theatre; 10 seminar rooms for 30 students at a time; learning spaces for up to hundreds of students, which will include areas for individual study, collaborative group work and creative break-out sessions, and a café.  

Located in the centre of a live campus, adjacent to the library with high pedestrian traffic and facing out onto the recently developed landscape of the Green Heart, the constrained site and posed challenges for managing deliveries of large materials. To overcome this, Willmott Dixon facilitated working groups with other contractors on site to mitigate logistical impact to the campus.

Completing the build while maintaining student access and engagement at the heart of the University campus was key. The use of digital technology at the front end of the design process was integral to planning the project and ensuring quality.  Undertaking construction rehearsals also enabled Willmott Dixon to refine the sequencing of works.

The new building is packed with sustainable features to ensure it has minimal impact on the environment. They include: the provision of a 300m2 PV array, the use of low specific fan power and demand control ventilation; night cooling, and photoelectric dimming in areas with significant external glazing.

Project highlights
  • 21 tonnes of CO2 savings per annum
  • 100% of construction waste was diverted from landfill
  • 97% of excavation waste diverted from landfill
  • Specification of robust materials which are able to withstand impacts of climate change over the building’s lifetime
  • Use of responsibly sourced materials
  • Use of elemental life cycle costing to materials specification.
  • Energy sub-metering of building services and water consuming building areas allowing for utilities monitoring and reduction.

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