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The School Yard - Phase 2, Birmingham

A clear and coherent piece of urban design

Credit: Jas Sansi

BPN Architects for EDG Property

Contract value: £2.1m

GIA: 985.70 m²

RIBA West Midlands Client of the Year Award


EDG Property completed the first phase of the redevelopment of School Yard in 2013 converting the grade II listed former school in Harborne into restaurants, coffee shops and a food school. The School Yard, a new build apartment block, forms the second phase.

The jury welcomed the bold four storey form which helps to create a positive external public courtyard, and the contemporary but simple palette of larch and standing seam black zinc.

A well detailed communal staircase leads to central external timber lined access decks. Light filters into this space through cleverly detailed and well constructed open timber louvres. 

  • Credit: Jas Sansi
  • Credit: Jas Sansi
  • Credit: Jas Sansi
  • Credit: Jas Sansi

EDG is commended also for holding a design competition and for setting a brief that placed scale, size, context and conservation as core considerations.

BPN Architects won the competition with a clear and coherent piece of urban design, and have executed a well resolved and detailed building.

See other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2016 – West Midlands


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