Birmingham City University plans £41m expansion

Birmingham City University has submitted a detailed planning application for a £41m building designed to house a new School of Life Sciences and a relocated School of Education.

The 10,500m² building at its City South campus in Edgbaston would enable the university to offer a wider range of courses and take on more students.

Sheppard Robson is architect for the new build, with White Young Green as structural and civil engineer. Couch Perry Wilkes is the mechanical and services engineer and Sweet Group will be cost consultant on the project.

Ian Blair, executive dean of the Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences, said: “This planning application is anticipated as the first step on the road to ensuring Birmingham City University can take our already extensive health and education provision to the next level.

“This investment will give us superb facilities, including state of the art laboratories and a sports hall, through which we can extend our academic reach deep into life sciences and nutrition – vital issues for the health and wellbeing of society.”

The formal planning decision is expected by the end of the year.