At Birmingham City University, we are constantly looking to invest in our campuses to provide students with the most up-to-date learning spaces possible.
Plans for an expanded City Centre Campus, coupled with investment already carried out elsewhere, bring the total amount we are spending on our facilities to around £260 million.
In September 2013 we opened the £62 million Parkside Building to house our design and media courses, with cutting-edge technology including industry-standard photographic and TV studios. The Parkside Building is part of our City Centre Campus, alongside Millennium Point, home to our School of the Built Environment, School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks, School of Digital Media Technology, School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems and Birmingham School of Acting (BSA).
The Curzon Building – Phase 2 of the City Centre Campus development – will provide teaching space for Birmingham City Business School, the School of English, the School of Law and the School of Social Sciences from 2015, together with a new library, IT space and other student support facilities.
A third phase will provide further teaching space at both our City Centre and City South campuses from 2017.
A new £40 million home for Birmingham Conservatoire will be constructed at our City Centre Campus site, due to open in 2017. The new Conservatoire will be a unique contemporary building, incorporating two major performance spaces including a fine new concert hall for orchestral training and public performance, private rehearsal and practice rooms, and teaching spaces for musicians from a variety of disciplines.
Our latest development plans are part of a long-term strategy to create modern, dynamic facilities across the city. Other major developments in the past decade have included:
- A £2 million teaching wing at our City South Campus, home to our health schools. New classrooms and specialist facilities include a fully-functional radiography suite and a 3D imaging diagnostic suite - one of only a small number in the country. This extension complemented the £30 million redevelopment of the wider campus, completed in September 2006.
- The £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre, which was completed in October 2009 and boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, workout and spinning studios, and an all-weather pitch. It’s located close to our City North Campus and Coppice/Oscott Gardens halls of residence in Perry Barr.
In addition we have maintained a commitment to investing in teaching and learning – recent investments include:
- £750,000 in a Simulation Centre for our health schools
- A new Postgraduate and Professional Teaching Suite for Birmingham City Business School, providing a hub for students to get together and discuss their studies on an informal basis.
- a £150,000 Student Academic Partners scheme, which won a prestigious Times Higher Education award in October 2010.