BCU Estates Strategy.
John Plumridge, Director of Estates & Facilities, Birmingham City University
This is no average teaching building—it’s a complex, three-dimensional jigsaw of spaces, blending higher education teaching and performance space into one. The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was technically challenging and had to be constructed within a tight budget. It was a tough job for the team, to balance aspirations, the building’s performance and its affordability, against a backdrop of peak supply chain demand in the city centre.
No new conservatoires had been built in the digital age and this project type therefore had no directly comparable precedents, for technical specification, for combined usage, or for cost benchmarking.
An innovative procurement strategy laid the foundations for success. This meant extensive engagement with the prospective supply chain, carefully preselecting teams with a proven track record, and focusing on value for money.
The completed building is architecturally stunning and acoustically magnificent. World-class facilities for current and future generations of musicians in the heart of Birmingham.
Facilities that support wellbeing and mental health
Julie Lecoq , Consultant & Joyce Chan, Schoof , Head of Sustainable Design at HOK
HOK seeks to raise awareness on the significance of good design when curating the places, spaces and services which, either directly or indirectly, support the mental health and experience of students together with teachers whilst in higher education.
HOK will illustrate this presentation with project examples whereby wellbeing and mental health were central to the design. HOK will focus in particular on one of its current projects in North America, the Centre for Academic Medicine, where the key design goals are to inspire, rejuvenate, comfort and connect.