Associated Architects pumps new life into uni gym

The Old Gym at Birmingham University, refurbished by Associated Architects

Practice reworks Birmingham block as new lecture theatre and study space

Associated Architects has transformed a demolition-threatened gym at the University of Birmingham into a new lecture theatre and study space after a last-ditch bid to find a new use for the building.

The building, constructed between 1939-41 to designs by local practice Peacock and Bewlay, was still in use as a gym when it was earmarked for demolition as part of the university’s masterplan.

However campaign group the Twentieth Century Society intervened and a decision was made to save the building, which has a striking and richly detailed principal facade, with a double-height hall space and viewing gallery behind.

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