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Ben Barker

Position: Associate

Management Team

Ben joined Associated Architects in 2017. He was promoted to Associate in 2024.

Ben is an experienced Project Architect, having designed and delivered a number of major projects for the practice. Ben’s major project experience has been focused on several schemes at the University of Birmingham: Project Architect for both the new award-winning School of Engineering project and on the refurbishment of an existing School of Engineering building. He is now heavily involved in a number of new projects at early stages, having been involved in the delivery of the first phase of the Molecular Sciences complex and architectural lead on the University’s new station. Ben has experience on a number of schools projects, including a primary school 2FE expansion and a new sixth form centre.

Ben is a leading member of the practice’s CPD and Green Team, a group with their fingers on the pulse for the latest thinking in this area from bodies such as LETI, UK Green Building Council, Passivhaus Trust, BRE Green Guide to Specification, and RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide, as well as our own project experience and an understanding of the latest sector best practice. As well as disseminating knowledge to the rest of the practice, the Green Team examines all projects as part of the Design and Technical Review process, identifying opportunities for sustainable approaches, reductions in embodied carbon, building physics improvements and applying lessons learnt, in order to develop a holistic understanding and recommendations to be subsequently presented to the client.

Current and Recent Projects

University Station, Birmingham
A new station for West Midlands Combined Authority, Transport for West Midlands, Network Rail and the University of Birmingham, serving the university and QE Hospital providing an increased capacity for 7 million passengers annually and improved connectivity to the University. A generous landscaped arrivals plaza and pedestrian bridges over the rail track and canal. £40 million

Molecular Sciences, University of Birmingham: Phased scheme to add to the University’s sciences portfolio providing research laboratories and academic research offices which will be the campus’ largest building, £400m

School of Engineering, University of Birmingham: New building bringing together many engineering disciplines into one state-of-the-art building, £55m

University of Birmingham UKRRIN, Birmingham
2,496sq.m facility to deliver specialist research in railway systems engineering within the new School of Engineering.

Waterbeach Station, Cambridgeshire
A replacement station for Greater Cambridge Partnership and Network Rail to serve the new town masterplan for Waterbeach. New platforms, canopies and an access for all footbridge with future provision for a transport hub pavilion.

Bellworks, Wolverhampton
Mixed use hospitality, entertainment and food and drink venue for a wide range of small businesses. Seen as a destination venue to support the wider regeneration of the city centre.
Circa 1,500sq.m space with surface level car park and public realm improvements around the site.

School of Engineering