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.

Curzon B

Our 100,000 square foot extension to the Curzon Building accommodating approximately 3,000 students and staff from The School of English and Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences is now open!

New facilities for all staff and students include:

  • Over 1,000m of learning space for all students
  • Over 64 computers and 96 laptops to use
  • New innovative group working lecture theatre
  • Dedicated IT suite for students
  • Brand new coffee pod

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.

Download Curzon Building floor plans

Watch live webcam progress of the build

andy lloyd weber- new consThe new Birmingham Conservatoire officially opened its doors in September 2017.

Part of Birmingham City University, the £57 million Birmingham Conservatoire boasts five new public performance spaces, including a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat recital hall and a 100-seat organ studio.

Furthermore, the new building includes The Lab, a cutting edge, completely flexible black-box studio, and the first permanent jazz space in any UK conservatoire – the 80-seat Eastside Jazz Club.

The historic Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and the only one in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.

"Birmingham Conservatoire has nurtured the talent of many household names, including singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, conductor Mike Seal and actor Nicol Williamson. Our fantastic new facility will ensure we can equip future performers with the skills they need to meet the demands of today’s fast-paced creative economy.

“However, this is not just a state-of-the-art home for developing the next generation of talented and versatile performers, but it will also enrichen and deepen the university experience for all our students, who will be able to make full use of its facilities and enjoy the rich programme of events planned."

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

Convenient Birmingham city centre location

The new Conservatoire is 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. 

Pictures of the new Conservatoire

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