Aston University receives the green light to build lanterns

The circular sawtooth facade building, nicknamed the Lantern, is the first phase of plans to refresh the central Birmingham campus with a major master plan.

Located in the heart of the university campus, the 12,000 m² building designed by the architect HawkinsBrown will be divided into two different elements.

The building’s ground floor will be accessible to the university community and the public alike.

On the upper floors, the building will include teaching and learning facilities as well as scientific work rooms.

The customer team includes Hoare Lea as MEP consultant, Price & Myers as structural and civil engineer and project manager Ridge.

Ian Oldacre, Director of Estates at Aston University, said, “Our ambitious campus vision defines our ambition to invest heavily in providing a ‘target campus’ to meet the changing needs and opportunities of universities.

“Aston University’s future growth will take into account evolving trends such as online and distance learning, better connectivity, the growth of international students, and closer collaboration with retail partners and the business community.

“This new landmark building is the first stage of our master plan and our long-term strategy.”

“We have worked closely with our partners in Birmingham City Council to develop a building with iconic status, not just for Aston University, but also for the city of Birmingham.”

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