Glancy Nicholls Architects has appointed engineering professional services consultants WSP to develop the engineering design of a renewable energy centre for the University of Birmingham at Tyseley Energy Park.
Glancy Nicholls is leading the overall design of the Birmingham energy centre.
The move comes after the new complex, the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC), received funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
WSP has provided civil and structural engineering support from its base located in Birmingham. The company also advised on air quality, transportation and flood risk for the project, which obtained planning approval recently.
WSP Structures associate director James Bodicoat said: “Driven by the University of Birmingham, a network of businesses and support from government, there has already been a number of projects launched at the site to investigate and produce state-of-the-art energy, waste and transport solutions ready for the future.
“The BEIC will allow the university’s research and development to be scaled, providing much-needed space and resources.”
The new complex will serve as a base for research and development into waste, energy and mobility technology.
The latest project is part of a phased development programme at Tyseley Energy Park, which is located on the site of the Webster & Horsfall wire factory in Hay Mills.
At Tyseley Energy Park, a total of £47m has been already invested in a 10MW waste wood biomass power plant that supplies renewable electricity to the site.
University of Birmingham vice-chancellor professor Sir David Eastwood said: “The Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre will make the city of Birmingham a leader in addressing key energy challenges, including the decarbonisation of energy, providing a clean transport system for the city and developing sustainable ways of dealing with waste.”