The Dean overseeing work at Birmingham Conservatoire has defended the new Millennium Point building from a mass of criticism.

The Post unveiled newly submitted plans for the building, which is moving from Paradise Circus, earlier this week, but it was described as “ugly” and “totally underwhelming” on our Facebook page.

Birmingham City University’s Professor David Roberts made an impassioned defence of the £40 million Birmingham Conservatoire, announced following a move from Paradise Circus, saying first and foremost it had to be ideal for musical performances.

He added it was an “inspired choice” of location in Eastside and promised it would “force the world to sit up and take note”.

Prof Roberts pointed out that a conservatoire cannot be build from glass and steel for acoustic reasons, adding “It can’t look like an airport lounge or the latest shopping mall”.

He said: “A conservatoire is a special kind of building. It’s a place for teaching and a place for performing. It must contain sound and project it, with walls of a certain thickness to keep sound in, and concert spaces of a certain height to let sound bloom.

It requires space to store instruments and space to move them around. Above all, it invites audiences to listen to performances crafted by hours of solitary practice they never see.

Our new Birmingham Conservatoire has been designed by the leading architects Feilden Clegg Bradley, who have won more RIBA awards than any other UK practice.”

He added: “The first conservatoire of the digital age, this new building will, like Symphony Hall and the new Library of Birmingham, force the world to sit up and take note.”

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Prof Roberts was responding after a barrage of criticism for the new building.

Richard Dunne, on the Post’s Facebook page, said: “Given where it’s to be located and how HS2 will look this looks totally underwhelming. I thought a building that will produce fantastic music would be more vibrant. The old Conservatoire looked bad enough. This looks more like an Inland Revenue / NHS office block. If I was on the approval committee I would have told them bollocks and come back with something credible. Very disappointed.”

Rod Chapman added: “Reminds me of the grain elevator building at Stalingrad.”

While Lucy Scott Evans said: “I thought Birmingham was busy knocking down it’s Brutalist architecture?”