The Helix Student Accommodation, Birmingham

Category: Multi Room

Project Value:



Aston Spring Developments




48 weeks


September 2016

Situated on the edge of The University of Birmingham Selly Oak campus, this multi room development, operated by Universal Student Living, consists of a mix of 267 apartment style rooms (with shared lounges and kitchens) and self contained studio apartments.

Spread over 8 floors along Aston Webb Boulevard to 3 floors facing Bristol Road, the development also houses study areas, a gym, a cinema room and a shared laundry facility.

Works were carried out within restrictions associated with working in the context of a busy road interchange on all sides of the development, with live carriageways and an operational garage.

Project Overview

  • 267 bed student accommodation block
  • 8 kitchen lounges
  • Steel framed construction founded over 165 CFA piles
  • Structural framing system
  • Beam and block construction to ground floor
  • Composite metal deck construction to upper floors
  • Outside clad in a variety of materials with brickwork, insulated cladding panels, windows with insulated panels and perforated brass panels, and curtain walling
  • Active street frontage of common room & study rooms to enhance the high street
  • Welfare facilities for residents which include a gymnasium, cinema, student services and laundry services
  • Vertical brise soleil
  • Internal courtyard to building for residents
  • Fire strategy. OAV’s and mechanical smoke riser
  • S278 works
  • Demolition of former music studio and 5 residential dwellings
  • Asbestos removal