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.
The project will move into its next phase in 2022, as work is underway on a £72 million refurbishment of Birmingham’s 120-year-old derelict Belmont Works building which will be transformed into a new home for STEAMhouse.
The overhaul will see the restoration of the Grade A listed building on Cardigan Street in Birmingham’s Eastside, which has stood derelict since being gutted by a fire in 2007.
Once complete, the building will be kitted out with a range of production equipment, technology expertise, masterclasses and workshops to help businesses take ideas to reality making it an 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 will span five floors with some of the latest technology and equipment.