Mason Hall, University of Birmingham
The former Mason accommodation in the city’s leafy Edgbaston district has been demolished and a new development has been built in its place to house more than 800 students. Mason has been designed to provide high quality contemporary students residencies of varying storey heights. The development is fully sympathetic to the existing registered landscape, enchasing and complimenting existing views, retaining the concept of the backdrop, whilst providing containment and allowing glimpses to and from the lake.
Bell & Webster's Solution
Bell & Webster were awarded the contract for its “Fastbuild Rooms” precast concrete panel system, the layout of each flat consists of three study/bedrooms on each side of a corridor, opening out to a full width kitchen/dining area. Bell & Webster’s panels are used for the party walls between each study/bedroom and for the external “window” walls. Internal doors are added later. Floor slabs span through these walls, rather than the external panels. The panels are cast horizontally on tilting tables so no stress is put into them during manufacture, they are then transported to the site and lifted directly from the lorry into position. During seven months spent on site Bell & Webster erected 2,847 individual units, with 10 different types of window walls, 3 different gable wall designs and 4 internal party walls and also, 22 different floor slabs. Bell & Webster has designed a special lifting beam that enables these panels to be lifted straight up, rather than using chains that meet an apex in the centre.
University of Birmingham / Reference: G6775-G6776Mason Hall, The Vale, Edgbaston Park RoadEdgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RQ
Main Contractor:Norwest Holst LtdSite Offices, 10-20 The ValeBirmingham, B15 2RP
Architect:Aedas Architects Ltd5-8 Hardwick StreetLondon, EC1R 4RG
Completed: 29th November 2007Duration of Project: 29 WeeksNumber of Rooms/Units: 804
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