The construction group which built the £32 million extension of Warwickshire Cricket Club's Edgbaston Stadium will lead development of the new Birmingham Conservatoire.
Listed group Galliford Try has announced it has won the contract to build the £46 million conservatoire which will replace Adrian Boult Hall in Paradise Circus.
The new building, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will be based in Jennens Road in the Eastside district, next to BCU's Parkside building.
It will house teaching facilities and a 500-seat auditorium as well as two additional performance spaces.
Greg Fitzgerald, executive chairman of Uxbridge-based Galliford Try, said: "We are delighted to be involved in such a high-profile and significant project for both Birmingham and the surrounding area.
"We look forward to working with Birmingham City University and the design team to produce a world-class musical facility for both the students and the wider community."
Professor Cliff Allan, BCU's vice-chancellor, added: "As the first new conservatoire in the UK in over a generation, this development is not only a significant addition to the city of Birmingham but also to music education across the country.
"Our superb new conservatoire will feature unrivalled practice and performance facilities as well as a design that will encourage people from the city to come in and enjoy the creativity of our talented students.
"The arrival of the new conservatoire will give the second city a viable claim to be the first among equals for classical music performance across the UK, as it is already home to a superb Symphony Hall and the esteemed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra."