Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

The design encourages public access

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Credit: Hufton & Crow

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for Birmingham City University
Contract value: £42.5m
GIA: 10,250 m²
Cost per m²: £4,146/ m²

Civic stature at this state-of-the-art facility anchors the university’s expanding city centre campus. Yet although its external brickwork carapace lends an air of ‘urban castle’, its design encourages public access. A three-level entrance foyer connects north and south entrances and students, staff and public mingle in the timber-lined split-level foyer with a café overlooking gardens.

  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
    Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
    Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
    Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
    Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Credit: Hufton & Crow
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From here a processional stair links a 500-seat orchestral concert hall, recital hall, organ studio, jazz club and experimentation room. The judges praised how FCBS overcame technical challenges posed by the spaces, especially within a relatively small footprint and budget. Different acoustic requirements received exceptional architectural, environmental and acoustic integration.

Building of the Year sponsored by Artifice Press

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