Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, UK

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Date Built
Jennens Road
The "" website published a document in which they invited Tom Jarman of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to "discuss the ideas that inspired the design".  Jarman said that, "... The building itself is designed with acoustics at the core of all considerations. The major venues inside are located away from the road – with cellular practice and rehearsal rooms to the north acting as an acoustic buffer to these spaces.  The form of the building is substantially derived from these organisational principles. Additionally, the façade has been developed with acoustics strongly in mind. Brick has been chosen as the primary façade material for its robustness and longevity, but also because it contributes to ‘wall mass’ that helps with acoustic separation.  Windows are most generous around the public foyer and circulation areas, with a view through the building from north to south that connects campus to street. In acoustically sensitive spaces the window areas are used more sparingly. They are sufficient for natural daylight and give a view, without compromising the performance of the spaces."

"Through the form and shape of both the interior and exterior of the building we hope to communicate the feeling of calm permanence of place. In an area characterised by the dynamic variety of many different voices, this is our challenge."

Apparently, this £57 million building is the first new conservatoire to be built in the UK for 30 years.  In 2018 it was crowned the West Midlands Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects.