Client: City College, Birmingham
The City College is located on the border of Winston Green and Ladywood, to the north of Birmingham City. It is a rich resource for the local community offering opportunities to develop skills for a variety of occupations.
The new building, completed in 2008, is a three storey iconic feature within the local area, a combined wind turbine and clock tower within the courtyard acts as a landmark. The courtyard and atrium entrance is almost fully glazed allowing views into and out of the college.
The college was designed as a showcase for sustainable construction techniques through both the building and landscape design and includes features to help deliver an excellent environmental performance, such as wind turbine, photovoltaic panels and a rainwater harvesting system supplying water for the college toilets and for the landscape irrigation system.
Moore Environment initially undertook a feasibility study identifying a number of innovative features to improve the amenity and ecological value of the external space. This led onto the production of a masterplan, detailed landscape design and supervision on site.
The scheme included a living wall features with one courtyard wall dressed with system of pre-planted sedum panels, whilst another wall was hung with wire trellis and ground planted climbers. Seating areas were defined with willow ‘fedges’ and insect, bird, bat and bee boxes were incorporated throughout.