STEAMhouse, Birmingham City University - presentation and tour

24th January 2023 2pm - 5pm
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UDF (University Design Forum) Event - 2 AUE Member Places

What to expect

A unique landmark project that demonstrates Birmingham City University’s commitment to creating environments which foster interactive learning, innovation and collaboration.

The STEAMhouse project forms an environment which encourages knowledge sharing and collaborative working between different academic disciplines, artists and commercial businesses, creating a fertile ground from which future business will emerge and grow.

The building incorporates the historic and locally listed Belmont Works, restored from its fire damaged state of dereliction, whose industrial heritage as part of a Victorian factory complex is a key driver for the design. A large extension to the rear of the building draws on its industrial heritage and creates a space where the products, services and companies of the future will be created through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Central to the building is the ‘STEAM Engine’, a collaboration zone which runs through the entire building, culminating with roof terrace (or exterior collaboration/social space) on the fourth floor. Arranged around the ‘STEAM Engine’, creating an internal street scene, is the private accommodation of the building. A series of studio, office, learning and workshop spaces accommodating the different disciplines, allowing each to have their own identity.


2 pm arrival – refreshments available

2.30 pm – Welcome by John Plumridge, Director of Estates and Facilities, Birmingham City University

2.45 pm – Presentation by Aukett Swanke (Architects) with Q&A

3.15 pm – Tour of STEAMhouse

4.15 pm – Arrive back for refreshments (tea, coffee, water, and muffins and pastries) and finish by 5 pm


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