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View of the southern approach

Southern approach

View of a raised courtyard

A raised courtyard

Concept model

Concept model

Concept sketch

Concept sketch

University Locks

University Locks is a new student accommodation building offering a mix of 659 high-quality en-suite and shared bathroom student bedrooms at the eastern edge of Birmingham’s learning quarter. The scheme raises the standard of student living in Birmingham by providing a superior level of accommodation that reflects the city’s status as a centre of academic excellence.

The scheme is an exemplary addition to the emerging Eastside Masterplan. The southern tower stands at 19 storeys and defines a key threshold to Eastside and the city, acting as a gateway and a landmark within the wider urban context. Our design acknowledges the area’s industrial past through the sensitive use of contextual materials and enhances Eastside’s emerging sense of place and identity.

The site layout maximises the potential of this prominent canalside location, creating a series of raised public and private courtyards. These courtyards connect to cycling and pedestrian routes that contribute to the wider public realm, establishing safe, inclusive environments that encourage people to dwell and socialise.

University Locks creates a vibrant community close to Digbeth’s creative industries. The scheme also supports the ongoing regeneration of Eastside through the creation of flexible and affordable start-up business units that will provide incubation spaces for student enterprise projects.

Client Alumno
Location Birmingham
Status 2016
Homes 659 student bedrooms
Ryan Bulled