Birmingham City University relocating within Eastside

By on 01/06/2011 in News

An agreement which paves the way for finalising a revised location for the new Birmingham City University campus, is set to be presented to Birmingham City Council's cabinet next Monday (6th June.)

Under the agreement between the Council, Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the University, the campus originally intended for Bartholomew Street will now be developed at the junction of Curzon Street/Cardigan Street.

The need to change the University's original plans came about as a result of the Government's proposals for the High Speed Rail Link (HS2) between Birmingham and London, and implications for Eastside.The agreement will mean that the Council, AWM, University and Goodman (who are joint venture partners at Eastside) will provide the land for the new campus.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Transport, said: “I am delighted that the partners have been able to work together to find a solution as to how we accommodate both the campus and HS2 within Eastside. The two developments will complement each other very well and underpin the future growth and prosperity of the entire area as set out in the Big City Plan.

Confirmation of the site allows Birmingham City University to commence planning for the new campus, and comes hot on the heels of the relocation of the University's Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD)* to an adjoining site owned by AWM which received planning consent in April 2011 and will open in 2013.

Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said:  “I'm delighted that, after more than 12 months of delay following the announcement of the high speed train proposals for Birmingham**, the University can proceed with its planned City Centre Campus development.

“To have reached this crucial point has taken a lot of negotiation and hard work by all the parties involved.
“As a result of this partnership we can now look to realising our vision for a City Centre Campus on Eastside. This development is key to the delivery of a world-class learning quarter in the centre of Birmingham, which will itself be a catalyst for economic growth and regeneration. This new campus will be a landmark facility not only for us, but for the city and the region we serve.”

The relocation will also kick start the regeneration of Eastside that is now gathering momentum with the opening of the multi story car park in May and start on site anticipated for the new city park in the summer 2011. These, together with other smaller projects, represent an investment by the City Council of over £30M in Eastside to regenerate the area.

Global property group Goodman is working with the Joint Venture partners AWM and the Council to develop Eastside Locks – the £450 million mixed use regeneration scheme that will be positioned alongside the new BCU campus, and form part of the wider Eastside regenration project.

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Notes to Editors

* The University has already started Phase One of the City Centre Campus development.  Planning permission has been granted for an 18,000sq metre facility which will be located adjacent to Millennium Point, providing a purpose-built home for the University's Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD).
** Phase One, to open in 2013, will deliver a large media hub, including TV, radio and photographic studios that will underpin the University's media courses.  As well as BIAD, the campus will therefore support the provision of the faculties of Performance, Media and English (PME) and Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE).

The announcement by the previous Labour Government in March 2010 for its preferred location for the proposed High Speed Two (HS2)  rail link to London effectively derailed the University's original plans to build its flagship City Centre Campus, which was to be located on the site now also earmarked for a new HS2 rail station.

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