If approved, the building will provide a new home for the Birmingham Conservatoire, which is part of the university.
The new facility will be the first complete new build Conservatoire in the UK since 1987, and will provide state-of-the-art performance space and acoustical quality, the university said. It will comprise five performance venues, including a public concert hall with a 450-seat auditorium, plus a recital hall with 150 seats and smaller experimental music space, organ and jazz rooms. There are also plans for more than 70 music practice rooms of various sizes.
The building has been designed by architect Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios. WYG is on board as civil & structural engineer, Hoare Lea is mechanical & electrical consultant and Faithful & Gould is quantity surveyor for the project. A main contractor has yet to be appointed.
Building work is expected to begin in summer 2015 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. It will be situated alongside Millennium Point, adjacent to Jennens Road in Eastside, near Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, the ThinkTank Museum, and the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.