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August 9, 2015

Birmingham City University announces expansion plans for its City Centre campus in UK

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Birmingham City University (BCU) in the UK has submitted new plans to expand its purpose-built campus in Eastside, including more than 100,000ft² of teaching space.

Named plot 2a, the extension will be made to the recently constructed Curzon building.

Developed by Willmott Dixon, the first phase of the Curzon building in its City Centre campus is nearly complete and is expected to open to students from September.

"The extended plot will provide teaching rooms and experimental and social learning."

The extension, which has been planned for the rear of the building, will be six storeys high.

Planned to open in 2017, the extended plot will provide teaching rooms and experimental and social learning, reports Birmingham Post.

While phase one of the Curzon building development has a capacity to accommodate 5,000 students, the expansion is likely to add another 3,000 students and staff.

Designed by city-based Associated Architects, the development will span 112,000ft² and provide 70 cycle spaces at the site.

BCU is presently choosing contractors to bid for a £30m design and build contract for the project.

The university has also broken ground on its £46m conservatoire development, which is likely to open in September 2017. The facility has been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley studios to include a 400-seat auditorium, two additional performance spaces and a range of teaching facilities.

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