Auckinlech House

Project Information

Auckinlech House

The proposals were for the regeneration of an entire urban block on the outskirts of central Birmingham. Sitting at the intersection of a major urban artery and an inner ring road, the situation typifies the isolation caused by car dominated city planning of the 1960's. The existing complex is a victim of the more destructive aspects of post- war urbanism and the site has fallen into a social, cultural and financial void.

Our plan was for the complete demolition of the existing block. In its place we would create a mixed use scheme, dominated by a hotel and residential structure as high and as dense as possible, to be constructed on the edge of the ring road. As a counter balance to the density of this 30 storey block, we have designed a more modest 4-5 storey perimeter block and between the two, a raised garden space.The perimeter block acts as both a wall to the interior garden and a transition in scale from the tower block to the low rise housing adjoining the site.

The design is a redressing of the failings of the original designers. It provides a safe, enclosed environment with a secluded, green area for tenants use and allows the site to function as a gateway into central Birmingham, a transitional space between the urban and the suburban.