Faithful+Gould Awarded Birmingham Conservatoire Role

Leigh Whitehead
Faithful+Gould will provide cost consultancy and CDM coordinator services for the new £multi-million Birmingham Conservatoire project at Birmingham City University.

This is the latest chapter in the successful relationship between Faithful+Gould and Birmingham City University, which has seen us deliver numerous projects including Phases 1 and 2 of the City Centre Campus development.

Birmingham Conservatoire, which was originally founded in 1886, provides training for orchestral, jazz and opera performers as well as conducting research into composition, musicology and performance with live electronics. Birmingham City University is working in partnership with Millennium Point and Birmingham City Council to move this development forward and to continue providing world-class music education facilities for students.

The award-winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, have been appointed as the designers of the University’s new Birmingham Conservatoire building. The wider design team for the project has also now been selected, which includes Hoare Lea (mechanical, electrical and public health) and WYG, who will act as the structural and civil engineers.

"The Birmingham Conservatoire project is a fantastic win for our Birmingham business, helping us to maintain our record of delivering large, complex and high profile projects in Birmingham."

Paul Doherty, Faithful+Gould's Head of Operations (Midlands)

Construction work is planned to start next year and the new complex is scheduled to open in 2017. The existing Conservatoire will then be demolished as part of the £450 million redevelopment of Paradise Circus. Faithful+Gould is also currently providing quantity surveying services on the project and it is widely recognised as one of the UK's most strategically important development sites.

The new unique, contemporary style building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students. It will incorporate two major performance spaces including a new concert hall for orchestral training and public performance, private rehearsal and practice rooms, recording studios and new technology, in addition to providing teaching spaces for musicians from a variety of disciplines.

"We cannot wait to get started and to help create something magnificent for Birmingham City University and the City of Birmingham."

Mark Brain, Faithful+Gould's Regional Director and Project Lead

Paul Doherty, head of operations (midlands) commented: "The Birmingham Conservatoire project is a fantastic win for our Birmingham business, helping us to maintain our record of delivering large, complex and high profile projects in Birmingham. We have been working on projects in Birmingham for over 75 years and have delivered a wide variety of projects in the city that have helped shape the Birmingham landscape. We look forward to working with Birmingham City University and the team to deliver a building of cultural significance."
 
Mark Brain, the project lead, added: "We are delighted that our extensive experience and our team’s commitment to win this commission has resulted in us being appointed for the Conservatoire project. We cannot wait to get started and to help create something magnificent for Birmingham City University and the City of Birmingham. Having worked with BCU for more than 20 years, we have strived to ensure that we consistently learn lessons on every project we work on to improve our service and we welcome the challenge that the Conservatoire project will bring."