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Birmingham City University pushing through development plans

Published: Thursday, 13 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Birmingham City University is making huge strides in its quest to expand, after bringing forward plans for new teaching space.

While the first phase of The Curzon Building development is nearly complete and due to open in September, the university has already submitted plans to enlarge the building.

A six-storey extension will provide space for teaching rooms, as well as areas for experimental and social learning.

Set open in 2017 if approved, the new development would include two section, one of two-storeys and one of six storeys.

The plans would cover 112,000 square foot and will be able to accommodate 3,000 students if approved – adding to the 5,000 that will be accommodated by the first phase of the development when it is competed next month.

Designed to function as additional work space for those undertaking courses at the city centre campuses, the development also takes into account the fact that BCU student numbers are growing rapidly.

This is increasing demand for work spaces while Paul Hartley, pro vice chancellor of research, enterprise and business engagement at the university, highlighted the impact being felt across Birmingham.

He explained that BCU is helping to transform and regenerate the Eastside of Birmingham and that the latest plans demonstrate a commitment to furthering the transformation.

The new teaching spaces are set to be of high quality and will enhance the levels of further education that can be provided.

Mr Hartley described it as an exciting time for the university while the development is just one part of regeneration works on land around where the new HS2 station will be built.

Both Eastside City Park and the university’s new Parkside building opened in 2013, with the latter housing the faculty of arts, design and media.

The Curzon Building meanwhile covers 260,000 square feet and will house the faculty of business, law and social sciences, as well as the school of English.

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