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Birmingham £123m University campus gets green light

Plans for a new £123 million Birmingham City University campus have moved a step closer after planning permission was granted.

The facility will be part of the University’s overall £180m investment plan to upgrade its facilities and the appointment of a main building contractor will be announced in July before work starts on the campus in autumn to be completed in September 2013.

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

Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, Professor David Tidmarsh hailed the decision to grant planning permissions for the 18,310 sq m building.

He said: “We are delighted that the city has backed our plans at Eastside because they signal a real commitment by Birmingham City University to create the best learning experience possible for our students.”

The five-storey building has been designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects and based on principals of spacial efficiency, sustainability and functional suitability. It includes an open courtyard, a large atrium and an elevated bridge link into the Universities existing occupied areas of Millennium Point.

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