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Birmingham Uni submits campus plans

New plans have been submitted for a £123 million university campus in Birmingham.

Birmingham City University had originally planned to build a 30,000 sq metre facility between Park Street and New Canal Street, but the scheme was shelved following proposals for a high-speed rail station at Eastside.

The university has now submitted designs for a campus of about half this size, which will house its Institute of Art and Design.

The 18,000 sq metre building will be constructed on land next to Millennium Point, with building work scheduled for completion in 2013.

The original facility, which was due to open in 2013, had been granted outline planning permission by the city council.

However, the project was cancelled when the Government recommended that a new high-speed rail station be built on the site to serve routes to London, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.

Project director Peter Cochrane said the new development would provide an important boost to the region.

He added: “Our city centre campus plans aim to support the creative industries, a crucial sector in both the regional and national economies, and ensure we maintain our leadership in this field.”

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