Aston University, Phase 2, Birmingham

Date: 2012 - 2013

Address: Aston University, Aston Gate, Birmingham

Client: BAM Construction / Aston University / Lewis & Hickey Architects


Aston University, Phase 2, Birmingham

Aston pioneered the integrated placement year concept over 50 years ago, and more than 73% of Aston students take a placement year, the highest percentage in the UK.

In 2020, Aston University was named “University of the Year” by The Guardian and the newspaper also awarded Aston Students’ Union its “Buildings That Inspire” award. The Times Higher Education Awards named Aston University as its “Outstanding Entrepreneurial University” in 2020.

Integral Cradles secured this significant order during 2012 to provide all the bespoke access systems on the Lewis & Hickey Architects’ designed Phase 2 of Aston University. The new scheme consists of four residential blocks providing 2,400 en-suite student bedrooms as well as ancillary accommodation such as common and games facilities.

The project is part of Aston University’s £214m investment in accommodation that will ensure high quality, well-maintained rooms on campus for many years to come.

The façade access equipment provided consists of two fully powered BMUs with a fixed jib reach and a pair of removable davits providing access to all external facades. The BMU functions include powered traversing, powered slewing body and jib head, and incorporates a lifting beam with a safe working load of 300kgs.

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