Birmingham City University – Leading University based in the city centre
The project was all about collaboration. We worked alongside students and academics from Birmingham City University’s School of Architecture to analyse the area and produce a masterplan and prospectus for the creation of an international knowledge hub for Birmingham. The project was based around a number of existing educational institutions, businesses and residents. Collaboration was key for the project because it helped us understand the needs of the people who would use the place.
Along with the other collaborators, we created a masterplan and prospectus for the Knowledge Hub, which would create a unified campus on the edge of Birmingham city centre that promotes community, learning, innovation, enterprise and culture. The project was launched by Birmingham City Council at the international property conference MIPIM in March 2016 and was referenced in the March budget, with early elements of the masterplan already granted funding.
The project has the potential to have a huge impact on the area itself, together with the wider city. It includes Curzon Street Station which will be the new arrival point for HS2, the UK’s largest infrastructure project. The Knowledge Hub will set Birmingham apart from other cities and provide the city centre with beautifully connected public spaces and streets, with leisure and cultural facilities that promote a better life for those working, living and visiting the area.