Teaching & Learning Building, University of Birmingham

The Project

The Teaching & Learning Centre is a flagship building for the Edgbaston campus expansion project at the University of Birmingham. The building includes 10 separate seminar rooms, a café, individual study areas, a 500 seater traditional lecture theatre and a unique 250-seater lecture theatre at the centre of the building.

One of the more intricate and impressive features of the building (and any that we’ve worked on) is the Sto Ventec central ‘crystal’ glass feature system that Sage were heavily involved in the design, supply and installation of. The Hexagonal designed glass cladding system ascend through the core of the structure and summits out of the top of the building whilst being supported by a steel framing system. Through considered planning, design and communication, we were able to deliver the feature on time and as per the specification.

To the external walls, we installed TI Tiles natural stone panels around the whole building onto a Metsec steel framing system with helping hand brackets to support the panels. We also installed Sotech’s Aluminium Optima Bronze Anolok cladding system to the exterior of the building. To the roof and plant area, we installed Kingspan composite panels with an XL forte finish.

Project Details


Teaching & Learning Building, University of Birmingham


Sandstone tile rain screen, Sotech Aluminium Optima Cladding, Kingspan composite panels, Metsec SFS and internal screen in Sto Ventec glass.


Wilmott Dixon Construction




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