The 10,500m² building at the university’s City South Campus Road forms part of a wider investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Set to open in 2017, it will enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences on to one site.
Birmingham City University hopes the development will help consolidate its 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.
Designed by architect Sheppard Robson, the building 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 to two campuses, City Centre and City South. It is part of a £260m transformation of the University’s City Centre Campus. This includes work on a £46m new home for its Birmingham Conservatoire, which is also set to open its doors to students in 2017.