Projects > The Joseph Priestley Building, Eastside Locks

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  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Client: Goodman
  • Size: 7,432sqm / 80,000sqft
  • Services: Architecture
    Master Planning

The Joseph Priestley Building was completed in May 2016 and forms the first commercial phase of the Aukett Swanke designed Eastside Locks master plan which received planning consent in 2008. The site is located east of Birmingham City Centre and is a 10 minute walk from New Street Station, optimally located for the future arrival of HS2.

It was commissioned speculatively to provide new Grade A office space into the Birmingham market and establish Eastside Locks as a new urban quarter. It achieved detailed Planning Consent in February 2014 and secured a full pre-let in June 2015, and is now the new administrative headquarters for Birmingham City University’s Eastside campus.

The scheme is rated BREEAM 'Very Good' and comprises four storeys of highly efficient floor space wrapped around a perimeter core, with basement car parking and cyclist facilities. The articulated massing is defined by a large cantilevered entrance corner which addresses the primary approach from Eastside City Park.

The exterior employs a restrained material palette, using a careful combination of high quality glass, glazed terracotta and GRC cladding elements to express the ordering of the façade.The material choice offers a variety of textures which respond to the site’s quality of light which contributes significantly to its immediate urban environment, and sets the standard for the wider Eastside Locks master plan due to complete in 2026.

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