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MIPIM: Birmingham £20m university construction plan

A £20 million university building is planned by UCB on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

The new campus for University College Birmingham will span four acres, under plans unveiled at the MIPIM global property conference in Cannes by leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby.

“The plans will be presented to the college board later this month and such is the interest in what we are doing in Birmingham that over 190 firms of architects in the UK, Europe and the US have already registered an interest in working with us,” said Cllr Whitby.

The project will develop over three phases, starting with a student hub measuring 80,000 sq ft.

UCB Principal Prof Ray Linforth said the £20 million for the initial phase would be funded from reserves, with the firm planning to have part of the new development open by 2013.

The campus is planned for land bounded by Charlotte St, Holland St and George St, with the college owning two acres already and under contract to buy the adjoining site.

New schemes taking place over the next ten years are currently being previewed as part of Birmingham’s mission, the Decade of Delivery.