News > STEAMhouse 2 Receives Planning Consent
Our STEAMhouse 2 project in Birmingham, designed for Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects has today received planning consent in a unanimous decision at committee. The building, the latest in a series of ground-breaking innovative education projects designed by Aukett Swanke, is situated within the Eastside Locks masterplan, for which we received outline planning consent in 2008.
The building incorporates the historic and locally listed Belmont Works, 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. STEAMhouse 2 members will be able to access a range of support services including the Open Route. This has been designed to enable artists to test and prototype ideas and develop and produce new work by offering access to production space workshops and co-working space, alongside a programme of business support.
A series of studio and workshop spaces accommodating different disciplines are clustered around a common social space which forms the collaborative heart of the facility. This approach to heritage, innovation, creativity and collaboration is a fundamental aspect of our studio’s collegiate design culture, which enables us to imagine and deliver the increasingly hybridised work and education spaces of the future.
Visualisation from Jennens Road
Visualisation from Cardigan Street