Regional health education expansion given the go ahead

Major development for Birmingham City University campus will enable education of future health and science professionals

The 10,500m² building at its City South Campus on Westbourne Road forms part of the University’s investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. 

The £41 million development, set to open in 2017, will also enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on to one site. 

Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the build plans reinforce Birmingham City University’s status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and producer of more teachers than any other institution in the West Midlands.

The space will provide teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs. 

This is the third phase of the University’s project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South.

Professor Ian Blair, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, said: “Our new Health Sciences and Education building will herald a new era for Birmingham City University, allowing us to strengthen our existing education teaching and research programmes, whilst also offering a wide range of new health, nutrition and biomedical science courses.

“The building will also offer the highest quality facilities for both students and staff, ensuring we continue to be best equipped to provide for the next generation of public health and education professionals in the West Midlands. 

“By moving the School of Education from its current location, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development in Edgbaston. Not only will this improve the student experience with a stronger sense of community, but we will be able to offer more consistent support services and facilities.” 

The project forms part of the £260 million transformation of the University’s City Centre Campus. This includes work on a £46 million new home for its Birmingham Conservatoire, which is also set to open its doors to students in 2017. 

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