£40 million plans for a new Birmingham Conservatoire are being drawn up after the Paradise Circus development forced a move.
The new purpose-built Conservatoire will be built alongside Millennium Point, adjacent to Jennens Road in Eastside.
The Birmingham City University development is being taken forward in partnership with Millennium Point and Birmingham City Council.
The new Conservatoire will be just a short distance from New Street and Moor Street train stations, in the heart of the City’s learning quarter, which is already home to Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, the ThinkTank Museum, and the Birmingham Ormiston Academy. The new facility is due to open by summer 2017, and will continue to provide world-class music education facilities for current and future students.
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.”
The new Conservatoire will be a unique contemporary building providing state of the art facilities for students.
It will incorporate two major performance spaces including a fine new concert hall for orchestral training and public performance, private rehearsal and practice rooms, recording and technology in addition to providing teaching spaces for musicians from a variety of disciplines.
The university has now initiated the process of designing new concert, practice, teaching and study facilities which will be the envy of conservatoires across Europe. Working closely with Millennium Point on the design and construction, to ensure that a facility is delivered which complements the existing offer, in both architecture and service.
An announcement on the choice of architect and support design team will shortly be made with construction work planned to start next year and opening in 2017.