Full STEAM ahead

Birmingham City University’s STEAMhouse, addressing the needs of our economy from its restored Victorian factory home.

The project is based on the concept of STEAM, which places the arts at the centre of traditional scientific subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to increase innovation.

STEAMhouse provides businesses with access to state-of-the-art facilities, packages of business support, and access to like-minded collaborators from the business, academic, creative and digital communities.

Now that the £72 million refurbishment of Birmingham’s 120-year-old derelict Belmont Works building is complete, STEAMhouse has a place to call home.

The overhaul has seen the restoration of the Grade A listed building on Cardigan Street in Birmingham’s Eastside, which stood derelict since being gutted by a fire in 2007.

The building is kitted out with a range of production equipment, technology expertise, masterclasses and workshops to help businesses take ideas to reality. This is the ideal home for all innovators interested in a new collaborative community supporting new work, products and services.

STEAMhouse has already provided support to an array of businesses from across the West Midlands from its first base in Digbeth, but will be able to assist even more from the Belmont Works site, which spans five floors with some of the latest technology and equipment.

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