A city university is planning to open a new hotel and conference centre as it continues a major regeneration of its campus.
The University of Birmingham has been carrying out a £300 million overhaul of its home in Edgbaston in recent years including a new £55 million sports centre with 50-metre swimming pool, student accommodation, a library and sports fields.
It has now brought forward plans for a new 172-bedroom hotel and conference centre on the site of its existing facilities, called 'Conference Park at the University of Birmingham', which is expected to double its 40-strong team there.
The complex would be available to all sectors to hire for events, functions and parties.
The facility, expected to open by summer 2018, will be known as the Hornton Grange Hotel and Conference Centre and will increase the total of number of beds at the park to 220.
Also included in the project are plans to demolish two unused buildings and part-demolish, refurbish and extend Hornton Grange and renovate the Grade II*-listed Garth House.
Garth House is an 'arts and crafts' building constructed in 1900 while Hornton Grange was built in 1928 - both of them part of the existing facilities in Edgbaston Park Road.
Last year, the hub's bedrooms, which in 2012 hosted Jamaica's Olympic track and field team, ran at 90 per cent capacity which is behind the move to expand what the university can currently offer.
The largest conference facility in the park can only accommodate 64 people so the additions are expected to offer increased flexibility for conferences and other events such as weddings.
Its current capacity for weddings is 80 guests but the new facility will be able to host two weddings simultaneously.
In addition, rooms will be able to be configured to hold anywhere between 20 and 200 delegates.
The institute said: "The new park will also be linked better with the rest of the campus to allow seamless access and use of a wide range of facilities.
"It would also offer improved conference and hotel facilities for partners and neighbouring organisations such as the Edgbaston Priory Club and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital."
There will also be a new bar and restaurant which University of Birmingham staff will be able to access in the evening.
Stuart Richards, director of hospitality and accommodation services, said: "We know there is a demand for a higher quality, larger-capacity hotel and conference facility from our existing customers but also from event organisers who currently have to look elsewhere.
"The university already has all of the amenities of a small town, with our exceptional sports facility opening this summer, and a whole range of shops, bars and cafés, so the Hornton Grange Hotel and Conference Centre is the natural next step, to ensure all visitors to campus can have a seamless and quality experience on site.
"The plans will also mean that Birmingham can compete for academic conferences which may otherwise have gone outside the region, keeping investment in our city."