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Birmingham City Uni submits revised campus plans

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[FIRST LOOK] New scaled-back plans, drawn up by Associated Architects, have been submitted for a £56 million university campus in Birmingham

Birmingham City University had originally planned to build a 30,000m² facility between Park Street and New Canal Street, but the scheme was shelved following proposals for a high-speed rail station at Eastside designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

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

The 18,000m² 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 full 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.’

Project data

Project Management: Birmingham City University
Architect and Lead Consultant: Associated Architects
Structural Engineer: Gifford
Services, Acoustics, Fire and Civil Engineering; Arup
Landscape Architects: Plincke
CDMC: Tracey Kirby Consulting
Cost Consultant: Faithful+Gould
Planning Consultant: Savills

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