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FCBS, BDP and Simpson vie for Birmingham Conservatoire

Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), BDP and Ian Simpson Architects have been shortlisted to design a new £40 million home for the Birmingham Conservatoire

The high-profile Birmingham City University-backed project will create a new 12,000m² home for the prestigious music school and concert venue next to Grimshaw’s iconic Millennium Point.

Planned to open in 2017, the new building will be at the centre of Birmingham’s Eastside regeneration zone which is already home to Birmingham City University and expected to undergo massive transformation as a terminal for HS2.

The conservatoire must relocate from its currentParadise Circus home as part of Glenn Howells’ plans for £450 million makeover of the city centre district.

University vice-chancellor Cliff Allan said: “Birmingham City Council’s redevelopment of Paradise Circus meant that a new home was needed for our world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire. 

He continued: ‘Over the past few months the University has been in close negotiation with Birmingham City Council to reach an appropriate agreement.  Subject to confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order of Paradise Circus by the Secretary of State, construction is expected to commence in summer 2014.

‘I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will enable Birmingham Conservatoire to relocate to this new, state-of-the-art building by summer 2017.’

The new building will feature two major performance alongside private rehearsal rooms and teaching spaces.

The winning architect will be announced next month.

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