The new site for the College was very prominent – at the end of a long vista from central Birmingham – but it was also derelict, vandalised, noisy and contaminated. It was unsafe for both students and local people
Our challenge was to create an open and welcoming building that could act as a focus for learning and a safe place for students and local families using the facilities.
The new buildings surround a series of courtyards of different scale and character which provide a calm and protected environment for everyone. They intentionally refer to the collegiate forms of Oxbridge – a physical reminder of the ambition the College holds for its students and the investment it has made in the community.