Our City Centre Campus is based at Millennium Point, a landmark building just to the east of the city centre that is home to courses from our Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE) as well as Birmingham School of Acting. And there are more exciting developments in the pipeline – construction is currently under way on a new home for Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) next door.
Find out more about our City Centre Campus expansion
State-of-the-art resources at TEE include a gallery, sound and television studio, noise and vibration cells, video production laboratory, a robotic laboratory, a huge isolation booth with sonic sound quality big enough to record drum kits, fantastic recording facilities, and a blue screen studio for chromakey work for film and music.
You’ll also find our £4 million purpose-built acting school, complete with 11 studios, including a large performance studio which has set a new benchmark for drama training facilities in the UK, and its own blackbox theatre. Each studio contains specialist acoustic panelling, sprung floors, a heating system that radiates heat equally around the studio and an air replacement system that maintains a constant room temperature. We also have a fully operational lighting rig and quadraphonic sound system.
In April 2011, we were granted planning permission for an extension to our City Centre Campus in the Eastside area of Birmingham, next door to the existing facilities at Millennium Point, which will provide a state-of-the-art home for Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), currently based at Gosta Green, from September 2013.
The project – part of the Big City Plan for the wider regeneration of Birmingham – is also part of the University’s overall £180 million investment in new facilities to help create the skilled graduates of the future. The University has teamed up with Birmingham-based Associated Architects and city construction firm Willmott Dixon for the 18,310 sq metre building, which will house cutting-edge media facilities including television and photographic studios. Associated Architects' three original partners were architecture tutors at Birmingham City University before forming their own company more than 40 years ago, and a number of our students have since gone on to work for the firm.
This centre of excellence will boast the largest television facility between London and Salford, and perfectly positions the University and Birmingham as major contributors to the creative industries. These resources will be integrated with those already at Millennium Point for students on media courses offered by TEE. The development will also provide the opportunity to converge some of the student support facilities within Millennium Point, creating a greater campus ‘feel’.
Around £2 million is being spent remodelling Millennium Point to support the opening of Phase 1 of the City Centre Campus in September 2013. Willmott Dixon Construction is carrying out internal modifications across levels 1 to 4 in TEE to create a number of new areas including:
- a social learning zone
- an extension to the library area
- a new office for the Students’ Union on level 3
- a new office for Student Services on level 3
- a wider corridor on levels 2 and 3 ready for the construction of the bridge link connecting Phase 1 to Millennium Point.
The campus is accessible for most people; however, we recognise that individuals can experience a wide variety of difficulties. To find out more about this site’s accessibility in relation to your specific difficulties, please contact the Disability Support Team.
Public parking is available at Millennium Point and is charged by the hour.