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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