University of Birmingham - Sigmat

Sigmat have completed their first project for main contractor, Engie, at the University of Birmingham. Completed 10 weeks ahead of programme, the prestigious student accommodation development plays a key part in helping the university achieve their goal of providing sustainable, high-quality student homes enhancing the campus experience. 

The scheme, Pritchatts Park, is the university’s first ever zero carbon accommodation, creating highly efficient student homes. The Sigmat team delivered the light gauge steel frame structure, including 184 flights of stairs with balustrades fitted, with a total of 4,737m linear metres of panels and 11,912m2 GIFA. 

Demonstrating the programme benefits of MMC and in particular the Sigmat LGSF solution, the team completed on site an impressive 10 weeks ahead of programme - allowing for follow on trade to commence earlier and ultimately delivering cost and time savings.

Jason Berry, Contracts Manager at Sigmat said of the project “The University of Birmingham scheme was a fantastic job for Sigmat, we were delighted to work with the team at Engie and demonstrate first-hand the programme and sustainability benefits of constructing in LGSF. Not only is it a highly sustainable solution, but the offsite manufacturing element ensures programme surety during times of wet weather for example.” 


Over the next decade, the University of Birmingham’s aspiration is to be established in the top 50 of the world’s leading universities. This ambitious yet achievable plan has world-class research and outstanding global education at its core. The redevelopment of Pritchatts Park plays an integral role in helping the University to achieve this goal. To enhance the student and staff on-campus experience, the project will see some existing accommodation refurbished and hundreds of new, high-quality student homes built, along with a multi-storey car park. These new developments will also provide capacity for increasing student and staff numbers over the next decade.

Pritchatts Park Residence Project is the university's first ever low carbon accommodation, giving students some of the best living spaces possible.


As part of the University’s goal to invest in people, the Pritchatts Park redevelopment will focus on improving accessibility across accommodation. Pritchatts House Reception and social hub will have a remodelled entrance that’s suitable for all, whilst the hub will be transformed into a series of accessible and flexible spaces for a range of activities.

The redevelopment will also see thirteen new fully accessible student bedrooms built to make Pritchatts Park a truly inclusive accommodation village for all.

It’s not just students who will benefit from the work. The site’s car park will feature an increased number of accessible and disability-friendly spaces for staff to use.


One of the most important requirements of the project is that it will work in harmony with the local area. As part of this, the student townhouses will be built to complement the style of buildings and architecture in the local area, with the development shielding much of the car park from view.

With increased housing for students and the development of a state-of-the-art campus where bright ideas flourish, the University hopes to become the destination of choice for the best students and researchers in the world. This will not only boost the University’s reputation but will also bring a wealth of benefits to Birmingham itself, including a boost to the local economy and the encouragement of more vibrant, diverse communities.

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