University College Birmingham announces major investment and expansion plans

University College Birmingham has unveiled plans for 45,000 sq ft of space in the city centre, building on more than £180 million invested in facilities over the past decade.

The Grade II listed Baskerville House will become the base of the university’s student support and employability services and will include a library, quiet learning spaces and a range of professional services.

The repurposing of the Link Building on the City Center Campus will be completed and will house the new School of Psychology, Sports and Education, which will open its doors to students in September 2024. The additional teaching and learning facilities will accommodate the growth seen around the world. the university’s educational portfolio.

As part of the investment, a meeting and events space will also be provided to support local businesses, employers and industry partners at Centenary Square.

The deal with Hermes Real Estate was the second largest deal completed this quarter, taking 203,385 square meters in the city centre.

It builds on £200 million of investment made over the past decade, including most recently the £23 million redevelopment of the former James Cond printing works to create the Center for Sustainable Construction. More than 400 construction students are enrolled in what is already University College Birmingham’s largest further education department.

A £6 million Sixth Form Center development in the Camden House building is now complete and will welcome the first cohort of Sixth-formers in September 2024.

Vice-Chancellor and Associate Professor Michael Harkin said: “Despite the freeze on student tuition fees for more than six years and enormous economic pressures, we have achieved our development ambitions in a cost-effective and secure manner, without the need for external financial investment.

“Our move to the flagship Baskerville House places the University in the heart of the city centre, further strengthening our ability to serve the people of Birmingham, its businesses and employers, and providing our students with the excellent support services they deserve at the area of ​​a world-class environment”.