Birmingham University Multi-storey Car Park

Casson Conder & Partners, Birmingham, 1965

 

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Three-storey university car park on a complex hilltop site, providing 800 vehicle spaces, topped with six tennis courts

Exploiting the characteristics of the site, the multi-storey car park allows access to all levels without the need for ramps. The first storey is accessed directly from the adjacent highway. The second storey, designed exclusively for staff parking, is level with an inner university ring road.

An extension of the existing student’s lawn, constructed from recycled spoil attained from the part-excavation of the high end of the site provides access to the roof and six new tennis courts. The natural slope of the unexcavated part of the site provides access to ground level parking.

The structure is based on the lift-slab principle, where beamless slabs cast on the ground are raised in three sections and supported on precast columns. No diagonal bracing is present, and the structure stands just free of the retaining wall at the north end of the site so that the two elements are able to move independently.

Finishes include open galvanized steel balustrades, a deep concrete parapet, as well as a dual system of lighting to ensure the appropriation of light levels within the car park, according to the time of day.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 1964
  • Completed: Sep 1965
  • Floor area: 33,010m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £184,360
  • Tender date: Mar 1964
  • Procurement: Civil Engineering
  • Address: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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