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Transforming University Station: building a travel hub for the future with Technishield 65 

The University of Birmingham has recently completed the transformation of University Station. Working alongside main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd and Associate Architects, we created a striking functional hub that will bring 3.5 million students, staff, patients, and visitors every year. University Station is a space designed to be accessible to everyone and will service both the Edgbaston campus and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Our fire rated glass partitions and doors create an open and inviting environment that offers endless design opportunities and puts the safety of users front and centre.  

University of Birmingham

Associated Architects

VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd

Restoring a historic station 

Designed and built in 1978 to accommodate just 700,000 passengers a year, University Station at the University of Birmingham remains one of the busiest in the region. Able to accommodate the growth of both the University and Hospital, the new buildings will accommodate up to 7.2 million passengers per year and offer services, including a cafe, shop, and NHS facilities all in a fantastic space intended to be accessible to everyone. The versatility of Technishield 65 fire rated doors and side screens was showcased perfectly at University Station. The fire rated system creates a variety of unique spaces throughout the station including private office spaces for the West Midlands Trains team to NHS Facilities on the ground and first floor that will support the local community. We are delighted to have played a part in this superb new gateway to both the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  

Technishield 65 Fire Rated Glass Partitions and Doors 

Technishield 65 fire rated doors and side screens at University Station has transformed the space, creating a variety of dynamic areas that overlook the station entrance, ticket office, and central office. The Technishield 65 fire doors and side screens have been instrumental in delivering a strikingly elegant design that not only celebrates the Station’s history but also adds a contemporary new aesthetic style. Technishield 65 not only adds striking visual design but most importantly it provides fantastic fire protection ranging from 30 minutes integrity and insulation to 60 minutes, meeting the visual and practical demands of modern office design. This integration has resulted in a striking, functional space that enhances the station’s aesthetics whilst delivering a high-performance fire solution for the safety and well-being of all occupants. 

A word from the team 

Optima Special Works Senior Project Manager, Gavin Evans shares his thoughts on the project:   

“Being part of the historic transformation of University Station has been an incredible opportunity for me and the entire Optima Special Works team. We are proud to have played a part in redeveloping and building a welcoming and dynamic travel hub that will accommodate millions of students, NHS staff, and the public for many years to come. It’s truly fulfilling to contribute to such a significant project that will positively impact the local community, the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.”  

A successful project for the ages 

The successful completion of University Station for the University of Birmingham is a testament to the collaborative efforts of all involved. Our contribution, particularly through the innovative Technishield 65 fire rated glazed doors and side screens has significantly enhanced the functionality, safety, and aesthetics of the station, creating a space that not only accommodates the increasing number of passengers but also provides a welcoming environment for all. 

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