Newman University

07/10/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2024 04:16

Demolition of historic accommodation block dating back to the 1960s is underway

10/07/2024by Newman Staff

The demolition of the oldest accomodation block at Birmingham Newman University, Edgbaston halls, is moving along swiftly as 90 percent of the building now stands as rubble. This comes ahead of significant transformation plans over the next two summers to enhance the university campus experience for students, staff, and visitors. These changes are part of the University's ambitious Estates masterplan, aimed at improving the arrival experience and overall campus environment.

Heavy plant and machinery have been actively on-site, with crash deck platforms successfully constructed at the ends of the Darwin and Littlemore buildings to ensure safety during the ongoing demolition activities.

The environmental cleanup of the buildings was completed by 3rd July, and the demolition work commenced on Thursday 4th July. The careful cleanup process ensured that the demolition proceeds without any environmental hazards, keeping the site safe for all involved.

Images above show Edgbaston halls demolition on day 2, day 3 and day 4 (left to right).

Speaking about future developments at Birmingham Newman University, Paul Dean, Director of Estates, shared his vision for the campus:

"The demolition of the Edgbaston building is the first step for us delivering our next exciting estates masterplan. With the building gone, we will start work on landscaping the area where Edgbaston once stood. At the same time, work will commence on the Ryland quad with an extensive landscaping scheme that will include raised lawns, green areas, furniture and pods, social spaces, and working spaces."

Artist impressions of the Ryland Quad

Work on the Ryland quad will be completed by early November. From May 2025, the focus will shift to a major landscaping project at the front of the campus. This project aims to create a welcoming and functional space for the university community.

Highlights of this phase include a new boulevard, featuring enhanced pathways for better navigation, social seating areas providing spaces for relaxation and social interaction, improved lighting and windows to enhance the campus' aesthetic appeal and functionality and relocation of the iconic Birmingham Newman University Globe, becoming a central feature of the new landscape.

Staying Informed

For continuous updates and the latest news regarding the works on campus, please visit the Estates Development section on our website. The website provides timely information and updates to keep the campus community informed about the progress and any changes related to the demolition work.

Take a last look inside and around Edgbaston Halls before the demolition.