Top 5 Architectural Delights in Birmingham

Since our last post about the most iconic buildings in Birmingham, a  lot has changed in this city. This is why, as Birmingham architects and lovers of innovative building structures, we decided to put together a list of some of the buildings in the city that are architectural delights right now in 2018. Continue reading “Top 5 Architectural Delights in Birmingham”

Work surge predicted from China pact

Architects have predicted a work surge all thanks to a deal made between Birmingham City Council and Chinese developer, Country Garden.

The deal is set to bring new opportunities but may also carry risks, architects have said.

Earlier on in the month, Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy signed a joint statement of investment commitment with Country Garden aiming to bring forward new housing on large development sites. The area being described by the authority as being worth ‘up to £2 billion’.

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Duties and Responsibilities of an Architect

An architect is a trained professional who is qualified to design conceptual ideas for buildings and structures along with providing advice for both aesthetic and technical elements on public or private landscapes. These concepts are then turned into the designs and plans that are used to guide the building process. Architects are trusted advisors who work holistically to merge diverse requests in a creative way, whilst always taking appeal, interest and health and safety into consideration. 

They are responsible for designing plans for a variety of building structures including homes, stores, churches and government buildings.

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Should Post-War Architecture be Demolished?

There are many concrete buildings in Birmingham and across Britain.

The post-war architecture can be a hit and miss with some, and because of this, there are discussions taking place across the UK over whether preserve the established architecture.

When the prospect of destroying any historical building comes about, this often leads to mixed strong opinions. Especially if the building(s) in question have been designed years following the Second World War. Raw concrete buildings that were erected between the 60s and 70s have been brought up to face demolition.

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Grand Central – Birmingham New Street’s New Look

Recently, Grand Central, the revamped New Street Station in Birmingham opened, and it’s what everyone is raving on about.

The £750-million rejuvenation of Birmingham New Street, by Architecture firm AZPML, has been completed. Co-founder of the firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo said that the completed project ‘could have been much better.’ Continue reading “Grand Central – Birmingham New Street’s New Look”

Questions to ask an Architect before Hiring

Deciding on an architect to carry out a job is not a light decision.

You will be selecting someone who will be the mind behind the project, thus you will naturally want them to possess certain traits which you may want to enquire about prior to hiring them. Continue reading “Questions to ask an Architect before Hiring”

The Big Hoot – the owl inspired by Birmingham architecture

Dotted about Birmingham are a few owls – 89 to be exact.

Each of the owls are a part of Birmingham’s high profile public art event, The Big Hoot, which is the brainchild of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and public arts specialist, Wild in Art. Continue reading “The Big Hoot – the owl inspired by Birmingham architecture”

13 reasons to hire an Architect for a Building Project

There are a number of reasons to consider hiring an architect for a building project of any kind.

It is essentially one of the most reliable options for any housing or domestic project of any kind. Continue reading “13 reasons to hire an Architect for a Building Project”

Architects’ role is larger than ever in green sky thinking

Green Sky Thinking Week will be taking place between 20th and the 24th April.

Almost a third of the events of the week will be hosted by architects; regular names will be returning including AHMM, Architype, Bennetts Associates, Nicholas Hare Architects and Hawkins Brown.
New participants that are joining include Levitt Bernstein and Weston Williamson & Partners. Continue reading “Architects’ role is larger than ever in green sky thinking”