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CWA celebrates after challenging project

The Recording Room in Selly Oak. Photo Credit: Glancy Nicholls Architects

Birmingham-based civil and structural engineering consultancy CWA Ltd is celebrating after completing one of its most challenging projects which is now a 10-storey block of student apartments.

CWA was drafted in to carry out the civil and structural engineering work on The Recording Rooms – a 267-apartment block on Bristol Road in Selly Oak, opposite the University of Birmingham.

The work involved the demolition of the former Rich Bitch recording studios – one of the Birmingham music scene’s most iconic studios which hosted, among others, Black Sabbath, the Electric Light Orchestra, UB40, Earth Wind and Fire  and Slade.

The demolition involved removing large amounts of asbestos and contamination before work could begin.

CWA Director Jim O’Donnell said the project was one of the most challenging the consultancy had been involved in, and required a great deal of care.

“The demolition work had to be done sensitively, because of the asbestos on the site. The studios had grown over the years and the ground required a lot of preparation before the building of the new block could begin, removing the foundations of the old buildings. We are delighted that the building is now complete and students are moving in,” he said.

The £25 million project was carried out by Worcestershire-based Aston Spring Developments. The site was originally an engineering works before being converted into the Rich Bitch studios in 1983, hosting a wealth of international music stars, along with aspiring Birmingham bands.

Birmingham city centre-based CWA is one of the regions’ leading civil and structural engineering and design consultancies, providing services to a wide range of high-value projects to blue chip clients nationwide. CWA is part of the RSK Group.