Birmingham Conservatoire scoops regional RICS Project of the Year 2018

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire scheme, on which we completed significant on-site works, has won RICS Project of the Year 2018, West Midlands.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year title is presented to the ‘scheme that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area’.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire beat off competition from 22 other prestigious and impressive schemes to scoop the Award. A new purpose-built music school featuring approximately 10,500m2 of purpose designed teaching, rehearsal and state-of-the-art performance space, the facility includes 100 rehearsal rooms, a new 500 seat concert hall, intimate 150 seat recital hall, dedicated jazz club and an organ performance space. 

It is ‘the first building of its type to be built in the UK in the digital age, bringing together traditional practise with modern Audio Visual innovation to maximise the potential for both learning and live performance’.

The judges said: “A highly complicated building, it involved complex structural, architectural and services solutions including modern audio visual, highly specified acoustic requirements and ‘box within a box’ designed areas to isolate rooms from the main building structure. The result is a ‘world class’ facility with national and international appeal which will attract further investment to the City. This grand project had stiff competition from other entries but in many ways stood ‘head and shoulders’ above other entries and has also received the Royal seal of approval.”

Mansell Finishes was appointed by Galliford Try in 2017 to complete Structural Framing System (SFS) and associated on-site works in a significant project worth £2m to the company. The works included the installation of 4,000m2 of Metsec frame, 34,000m2 of partitions, 4,500m2 of ceilings and 1,200m2 of suspended ceilings with 40,000m2 of plastering.

In order to meet the specific acoustic requirements Mansell Finishes worked closely with the architect, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Galliford Try that ultimately resulted in the use of multiple layers of plasterboard, 300mm insulation and acoustic linings to all performance spaces.

Simon Courtney, Area Director at Galliford Try, comments: “The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was a unique and challenging building project and we are very proud to have had the privilege to deliver the scheme so successfully in 2017. We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Mansell Finishes and the team for their collaborative approach adopted throughout. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Steve Green, Contracts Director at Mansell Finishes, comments: “We are delighted that such a prestigious development has been recognised by the RICS, especially following the dedication and commitment invested by all the teams working on the project. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a superb facility, a landmark building and is playing a vital role in developing some outstanding musicians, actors and performers. The nature of the project required a close and collaborative working relationship with Galliford Try and the other supply chain partners and we were also proud to have taken a key role in helping to deliver this world class resource.”