Chamberlain Halls of Residence, University of Birmingham

This modern, energy-efficient building offers spacious housing for students.

We were contracted to provide a sustainable, modern student residence for the University of Birmingham. The project played a key role in reaching the University’s sustainability targets, building on a 20% reduction in carbon emissions across the campus.

We created 725 bedrooms over one 21-storey tower block and three low-rise buildings. Using Building Information Management (BIM) during the planning stages, we ensured value engineering and long-term management solutions.

A team effort

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering carried out initial piling works, with Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick providing bespoke pre-fabricated mechanical and electrical units. These units housed ducting, cabling and pipe-work for the building and could be installed quickly on-site ensuring construction was completed within a 103 week programme.

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Chamberlain Halls reached the highest Government approved Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. The building achieved a category ‘A’ certificate for energy efficiency through the use of brick cladding for insulation, a copper rain screen and glazed curtain walling to reduce heat loss.

During construction, we delivered a series of talks to engineering students to ensure that they benefited from having a live project on campus. We also provided a week-long module for engineering students, teaching them to plan a temporary works site complete with risk assessments, method statements and safety measures.

Through our partnership with the University we provided placements to students who gained on-site experience.