As part of its Edgbaston Central Campus Development, the University of Birmingham
reviewed its campus-wide car parking strategy and identified a pressing need for additional car parking facilities.
Clegg was appointed by the university to manage construction of a new multi-storey car park.
Prior to starting on site, Clegg engaged with a specialist to undertake / commission a comprehensive Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survey to determine any risk of unexploded items of ordnance embedded in the ground. The results of the survey deemed the site to be at medium/high risk of this, with Clegg further instructing a pre-probe survey to identify ‘ferris objects’ as part of our UXO mitigation plan.
With the site adjacent to occupied, high-rise university buildings, our efforts centred around keeping occupants safe whilst minimising disruption to daily activities. This was achieved through:
- Introduction of a dedicated resident liaison manager
- Established and maintained a positive relationship with key representatives from the building
- CFA (Continuous flight auger) was determined the best piling method to reduce risk of vibrational damage to the adjacent building, with other options – such as driven piles – discounted following conversations with the client.
- Noise, dust and vibration monitoring processes implemented to help reduce disruption
- Lifting plan for pre-cast concrete and steelwork carefully designed in collaboration with the university.
The car park utilises a steel framed design and uses the patented Hill Cannon Vertical Circulation Module to provide 492 parking spaces within a small footprint and has been accredited under Secured by Design’s “Park Mark” scheme.
The elevational treatments respond to the adjacent Gisbert Kapp building through the use of terracotta rain-screen cladding system on aluminium support frames.