Birmingham Conservatoire to relocate in 2017
25 March 2014
Birmingham City University has announced a new £40 million home for the Birmingham Conservatoire.
The move has been prompted following the Compulsory Purchase of its current home, Paradise Circus as part of a civic redevelopment project. The new purpose-built premises will stand alongside Millennium Point, a short distance from New Street and Moor Street train stations and close to Birmingham City University’s city centre campus, the ThinkTank Museum and the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.
The new facility, due to open by summer 2017, will incorporate two major performance spaces, including a concert hall, in addition to the private rehearsal and practice rooms, recording studios and the like.
The university’s vice-chancellor, professor Cliff Allan, said: ‘Birmingham City Council’s redevelopment of Paradise Circus meant that a new home was needed for our world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire. Over the past few months the University has been in close negotiation with Birmingham City Council to reach an appropriate agreement. Subject to confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order of Paradise Circus by the Secretary of State, construction is expected to commence in summer 2014. I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will enable Birmingham Conservatoire to relocate to this new, state-of-the-art building by summer 2017.