Aston University's Central Birmingham hub with operational net zero carbon

Aston University's Citadel is more than an office, it's a operational net zero carbon gem. We managed the logistical hustle and bustle of central Birmingham to deliver a new home for the university's professional services for years to come.

Project partners

  • David Robotham
  • Ridge & Partners
  • Paul Mantle Partnership
  • Hoare Lea
  • CDM Associates

Key features

  • Completed in occupation
  • Construction West Midlands Framework
  • M&E updates
  • Feature joinery and teapoints

Procured through the Construction West Midlands Framework, repeat client Aston University approached Overbury to deliver the Cat B fit out of their new premises in central Birmingham, John Cadbury House (the Citadel). The University required a building capable of housing the professional services all under one roof, with commercial, retail and social space. The Citadel provided the perfect solution and we were delighted to be tasked with converting the project into Cat B as we completed a Cat A refurbishment of John Cadbury House in 2022.

Hustle and bustle

The Citadel is situated in a busy, pedestrianised area of central Birmingham and as a result, required a careful logistical plan to ensure safety and efficiency at all times. Given that we already recently completed the Cat A works in 2022, we were able to use that information and experience to inform our decision making process for the Cat B works.

The design featured a plethora of bespoke works, from new glazed meeting rooms to feature joinery and tea points, we wanted to ensure everything ran as smoothly as possible. One notable takeaway from the project was the success of the design workshops we hosted with the architects to ensure the design was bought to life from day one. Key to the success of the design delivery was the development of multiple collaboration spaces for University staff and alumni, with the centre piece being a 30 seat boardroom, complete with wellbeing suite.

Net Zero Carbon

The Citadel has achieved operational net zero carbon through significant mechanical and engineering upgrades as well as upgrades to IT service rooms in provision of new data and AV systems. The building has been futureproofed with state-of-the-art technology, energy efficient LED lighting, electric car charging points and cycle storage spaces to encourage an active commute to work. Aston University now have so much more than a workplace, they have a hub that they can be proud of in the heart of the city.

Delivering in occupation

From the project outset, the team had an understanding of the university's requirements for project delivery - considerate, mindful and engaging with the Citadel's existing tenants to ensure minimal disruption.

The enforcement of a strict project programme that mitigated noisy activities during busy times, often working out of hours to avoid any potential disruption. Additionally, we made sure to keep everybody informed of the project's progress, communicating with all stakeholders as often as possible.

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