Matthews Mee

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Birmingham University

Birmingham

Guild Of Students Mermaid Square Retail Hub, Joes Bar & Student Services

As part of an ongoing phased refurbishment of Mermaid Square, MMwere briefed to develop a mixed-use retail hub, student services & bar that would link the existing disjointed spaces with a  unified centre that would act as a focal meeting point for the whole campus.

MM re-worked the spatial design within Mermaid Sq courtyard with a raised deck linking the various Guild activities. The Retail hub followed, with its cutting edge radiating ‘turbine’ design, off which SPA, SUBWAY, COSTA, STA TRAVEL and ZEST retail outlets are located. The next natural progression was Joe’s bar & venue with comfy banquet seating & ‘cabin’ booth seats. The ultimate phase combined all the disjointed student services - main reception, representations, cash office and job desk, as well as flexible hot desk - all in one location. Institutional walls were removed to create a contemporary open plan area