Transforming the City
At Birmingham City University we are supporting economic, social and cultural improvement in Birmingham. Key to this is our plan for an expanded City Centre Campus — which is also part of Birmingham City Council's Eastside expansion — turning this area of the city into a hub for education and creative development.
Expansion to Curzon Building
Initial work on a six storey extension to The Curzon Building, known as Curzon B, is underway.
The main building works on the site are due to begin in May 2016, ahead of completion in 2017. It will be home to a range of new facilities, including extensive space for experimental and social learning. The building will accommodate approximately 3,000 students and staff.
The Curzon Building
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The Curzon Building — a state-of-the-art addition to our City Centre Campus — is now open and is home to our Business, English, Law and Social Sciences students.
The 24,300m² Curzon Building, which is the second phase of our City Centre Campus expansion, provides a student support hub as well as a new library, teaching and IT space, plus other student-facing facilities.
The construction of The Curzon Building also saw the complete restoration of a Victorian pub, The Eagle and Ball, which offers a unique new home to the Students Union. The Eagle and Ball pub was built between 1840 and 1850 and was known as The Moby Dick when it closed in 2007. More about the Eagle and Ball.
What do our students think?
"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."
English student Isaac moved into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.
Birmingham planners have given the green light for a brand new Conservatoire to be built in the Eastside region of the City by housebuilding and construction group Galliford Try plc.
The new £57 million home for Birmingham Conservatoire will be built alongside Millennium Point, adjacent to Jennens Road in Eastside. The development is being taken forward in partnership with Millennium Point and Birmingham City Council.
The new facility is the first complete new build Conservatoire in the UK since 1987, and will provide state-of-the-art performance space and acoustical quality. It will comprise five performance venues, including a public concert hall with the capacity for 346 seats and a full orchestra, plus a recital hall at 150 seats and smaller experimental music space, organ and jazz rooms. There are also plans for more than 70 music practice rooms of various sizes.
Read Associate Principal Lamberto Coccioli's recent ISM Journal article about our bright future in our new home.
Work has begun
Building work has begun after Professor Julian Lloyd Webber put the first spade in the ground at a turf cutting ceremony in August 2015. The building is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. The new facility will continue to provide world-class music education facilities for current and future students.
The award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB) – who have worked on projects such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the South Bank Centre, the Victorian Theatre at Alexandra Palace and Brighton Dome – have been appointed as the designers
Birmingham City Council is fully supporting the proposals as part of Eastside’s expansion as a hub for education and creative development.
Convenient Birmingham city centre location
The new Conservatoire will be just a short distance from New Street and Moor Street train stations, in the heart of the City’s learning quarter, which is already home to Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, the ThinkTank Museum, and the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.