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Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

Architect

Associated Architects
Birmingham, UK

Building

Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

Project Description

Brief

The Muirhead Tower is a sixteen-storey building comprising over 12,000m2. of gross floor space in two towers and a podium base, designed by Sir Philip Dowson of Arup Associates and completed in 1971. Although of exceptional design quality, this landmark building had suffered from failure of its glazing system and deterioration of the exposed concrete had made the podium unsafe. The brief required these technical issues to be resolved together with complete upgrading of M&E services, fire engineering, improved accessibility and vertical circulation.

Solution

The building has been sensitively remodelled and refurbished for the Schools of Social Sciences and Humanities and also includes office space for Information Services. The refurbished tower accommodates 150 academic offices and 230 post graduate write-up spaces. The podium has been remodelled around the existing Allardyce Nicol studio theatre providing additional rehearsal spaces and changing and technical facilities. Central student facilities are provided including a suite of lecture rooms for between 60P and 100P,
an entrance cafe bar, replacement lifts and toilet cores, and improved accessibility provided throughout the building. The concrete has been repaired and the glazing system replaced with a double skin which controls the thermal and solar performance of the building which was deficient. The podium level was extended to provide additional stairs, space for the cafe and to provide a new main entrance, with an archive library to BS5454 sited under the principal level.

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Project Team

Architects: Associated Architects

Structural Engineers: Faber Maunsell

Client: University of Birmingham

M & E Consultant: Couch Perry Wilkes

Quantity Surveyor: RLF

Planning Supervisor: RLF

Main Contractor: Galliford Try

Lighting Consultant: Couch Perry Wilkes

Products

nora
Floor Finish (Rubber)

Schuco

Curtain Wall (Roof)

Joyce Reddington

Fixed Furniture

Joyce Reddington

Feature Panelling

Specialist Joinery

Timber Doors

Colt International Ltd

Brise Soleil

Gustaf

Timber Panelling

Sorba

External Cladding (Stainless Steel)

Eisenware Swann

Ironmongery

Interface FLOR

Floor Finishes (Carpet Tiles)

Modular Lighting Instruments

Lighting (Internal)

Domus

Floor Finish (Tiling)

Kone

Passenger Lifts

Artemedie

Lighting