Plans for Birmingham University expansions officially approved

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Plans to develop a new 10,500m3 building at the Birmingham University’s City South Campus on Westbourne Road have been approved by city planners, a recent news report in the local media has been able to reveal.

The £41 million development will form part of the University’s investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and will also enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on to one site.

It will provide teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences, including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs.

The project forms part of the £260m transformation of the University’s City Centre Campus, including work on a £46m new home for its Birmingham Conservatoire, set to open in 2017.

Professor Ian Blair, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, said: "Our new Health Sciences and Education building will herald a new era for Birmingham City University, allowing us to strengthen our existing education teaching and research programmes, whilst also offering a wide range of new health, nutrition and biomedical science courses."

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