Architectural Technology BSc - Final Year Design Project, Phase II

Belmont Works Redevelopment - Phase II

My final year design BSc Hons Architectural Technology project.

The project is to design an higher education building and a sustainable cafe in two phases using the Belmont Works site, located by the Digbeth branch canal in the up and coming Knowledge Quarter of Birmingham.

The Knowledge Quarter in Birmingham is the home of two universities in the West Midlands - BCU and Aston University and will benefit further from the HS2 Curzon street station currently in development.

Phase one of the project occupies the south-west part of the site between Belmont Row and the Digbeth Branch canal. The project brief is to design of a sustainable cafe using innovative technologies. Please see the next project for details.

Phase two of the project occupies the the north-east part of the site along Jennens Road. The site hosts the grade II listed Belmont Works Victorian factory which is undergoing restoration simultaneously and is designed to connect to the new building. The design brief is to develop the design of a higher education facility balancing a mix of seminar rooms, a lecture theater, workshops and on-site catering facilities. Part of the task is to integrate the new facility with the existing building is a sensitive and respectful way.

Temporary Cloud 3D Model Link:
NB: the factory interior is not modeled within the task.

Design Boards

Conceptual Design

Building Layout


Digital Design Practice

A series of images demonstrating elements of the digital design practice and tools used to generate the design.

Using digimap data and survey information, the project site was modeled with Autodesk Revit and federated using shared coordinates with two other Revit files - the model of the previously designed sustainable cafe and the model of the existing Belmont Works factory design by Aukett Swanke architects and kindly provided by the Estates department at BCU for student work.

The Autodesk cloud based viewer currently hosts a 3D walk-through of the models which can temporarily be accessed using the link above.

The production renders were produced with the V-Ray plugin for Revit using HDRI skies to illuminate the scene, imported V-Ray proxy trees to substitute the Revit RPCs and produce accurate shadows whilst also benefiting from photo-realistic materials.

All sheets are generated from Revit, using native model geometry and detail items.

The rendering process with V-Ray for Revit

V-Ray for Revit HDRI Sky Setup

The 3DS Max Trees Materials

3DS Max Tree Texture Maps

Creating Tree Materials for V-Ray for Revit

Revit Project Daylight Settings

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

3D Model Cloud Walk-through

Design Drawings

Production Renders

The sustainable cafe design, inspired by Felix Candela which also features within the landscape design. Designed as a self-supporting, textile woven and reinforced KnitCrete structure developed by Zaha Hadid Architects and ETH Zurich.

Cafe Render

Final design option for the main building using a mix or natural brick slips, exposed concrete frame, broom-finished GRC panels and bronze tinted anodized aluminium.

An alternative facade option using a combination anodized aluminium and GRC panels.

Jennens Road Render- Aluminium Facade Option

Canal Side Render