Go-ahead for £58m Birmingham City Uni add-on
Birmingham City University has announced it is going ahead with a £58 million campus expansion
The high-profile investment is the third phase of plans by Birmingham City University to move from eight campuses to two: the South Campus in Edgbaston and the City Centre Campus near Millennium Point.
Architects have yet to be chosen for the forthcoming phases. Birmingham-based Associated Architects has already worked on earlier stages of the university’s campus redevelopment, including the new £43.2million Parkside Building and on the emerging phase two.
The latest phase is scheduled to be completed in September 2017, with two further construction contracts awarded for work on City Centre and City South.
Willmott Dixon was previously awarded the £46 million contract for phase two of the project in May 2013, and NG Bailey provided it with the full mechanical and engineering package.
BCU also chose Willmott Dixon in 2011 to deliver the first phase of its city centre campus in a deal worth £61 million.
The contractor is expected to bid for the third phase, which will now undergo a separate procurement process to award construction contracts for both new campuses, separate to the work being carried out under the first two phases of the relocation.
The contract follows a spate of deals in the Birmingham university sector in the past year.
These have included Interserve’s £55 million deal to build a sports centre at the University of Birmingham, announced earlier this month, while Balfour Beatty was awarded a £42m student accommodation contract at the University of Birmingham last November.
Balfour’s 726-bed Chamberlain Halls deal included the demolition and rebuilding of the existing Eden Tower and design and build of a 20-storey tower and three buildings on Church Road in Edgbaston.
BCU vice chancellor professor Cliff Allan said the two-campus consolidation project forms the most cost-effective and practical solution for the future of BCU.
‘Positioning the university at the heart of the city will enable us to capitalise on connections and better engage with local and national business,’ Allan said.
BCU will build on its existing estate as well as leased property and new land it acquires under its two-campus strategy.