Construction work exposed at Newman University


By David Jovetic

Drone photography commissioned by Morgan Sindall has captured the construction of the first phase of student accommodation for Newman University in Birmingham, which is months away from completion.


This project is being delivered as part of masterplan developed by ADP for the campus, which has been designed to fulfil Newman University’s strategic vision for the next five years.

The accommodation is the first of three student halls of residence which are being developed in phases, in a £22 million campus redevelopment of the site. The first block will provide 108 ensuite student bedrooms with open plan and technology-rich living areas.


The accommodation blocks are designed as a ribbon of buildings that respond to the natural sweep of the eastern boundary. Construction work on the further two blocks is due to start in 2020.


An extension to the existing Sturge teaching building is being constructed in parallel with the new residential accommodation, and when complete will provide much needed teaching spaces. The steel frame for the new atrium and teaching rooms has been erected, and the building is due for completion in 2017.

Newman University takes sustainability seriously, and its achievements were recognised in the Gold Award for Eco Campus in September 2014. An important driver of the design is to improve pedestrian flow around and through the site. The new development will provide students with learning and living resources all within a few minutes’ walk. It will also enable the University to enhance its offer to students, while helping to fulfil its aim to become a major academic institution within Birmingham.


Visualisation of what the communal living areas will look like in the new student accommodation



David Jovetic

David Jovetic

David joined the practice in
2002 and is part of the senior management team of our
Birmingham, studio. He has
extensive experience in the
higher education sector,
working on projects for
universities across the UK.