The new building will be the first of its kind in over a generation with construction starting August 2015. The Conservatoire will be one of only nine in the UK and the landmark £46 million scheme will reinforce Birmingham City University’s brand and its internationally recognised music teaching provision.
Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed Principal and will oversee the existing facility move from its current Paradise Circus location to the Learning Quarter in Eastside, a vibrant regeneration area and a key component of the Big City Plan.
"How often do you get the opportunity to become involved in a project that can make a real difference to your home city, its future and its reputation for teaching excellence in the UK and beyond?"
Mark Brain, Faithful+Gould Head of Higher Education
The new facility will incorporate over 350,000 locally sourced bricks to create an imposing, acoustically-resilient home to two major performance venues, and will provide the first specialist Jazz space in Birmingham for over a decade. With links to the Parkside Building which houses the University’s School of Media, where cutting-edge facilities include five state-of-the-art TV studios, together with seven radio studios and post-production suites, and the Curzon Building which houses the Schools of Business, Law, Social Sciences and English, they collectively form a major component of Birmingham City University’s £260 million campus and represent our ongoing collaboration with the University.
Mark Brain, regional director and head of higher education - UK and Europe, commented: “How often do you get the opportunity to become involved in a project that can make a real difference to your home city, its future and its reputation for teaching excellence in the UK and beyond? I am absolutely delighted to have been part of this; we have an outstanding team that, upon completion of the Conservatoire, will have delivered over half a million square feet of complex, high quality facilities over 7 years for Birmingham City University, have embraced Building Information Modelling (BIM) and supported the University on this evolutionary journey to deliver whole life efficiencies across its estate.”