Curzon Building, Birmingham, London

Associated Architects
Date Built
Completed 2015
Cardigan Street & Curzon Street
The Curzon Building is the second phase in the development of Birmingham City University's City Centre Campus.  It is home to students in the departments of Business, English, Law and Social Sciences.  In what the university describes as a state-of-the-art building, it provides, "... a student support hub as well as a new library, teaching and IT space, plus other student-facing facilities."

The architects explain that, "... The building has two wings of accommodation following Cardigan and Curzon Streets, linked by an atrium. In compliance with the masterplan, the building has five occupied storeys in Cardigan Street and six in Curzon Street at the end of the park. ....

.... A two storey element of larger footprint contains the student hub around a secondary atrium engaging the public house. External space to the east is accessible from within the building to extend use and enjoyment of the canal environment. .....

.... Low energy targets are to be met by a high performance external envelope and by engaging the thermal mass of the structure. Mixed mode ventilation with opening windows will ensure excellent internal conditions with user control. A biomass boiler and adiabatic cooling are employed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and Energy Performance Rating of A."