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University of Birmingham announces topping out of innovation centre

27 Nov 2020 (Last Updated December 8th, 2020 15:41)

University of Birmingham has announced the topping out ceremony of an innovation centre at Tyseley Energy Park, located on the site of the Webster & Horsfall factory in Hay Mills, UK.

University of Birmingham announces topping out of innovation centre
Construction on the new University of Birmingham sustainable innovation centre started this May. Credit: University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham has announced the topping out ceremony of an innovation centre at Tyseley Energy Park, located on the site of the Webster & Horsfall factory in Hay Mills, UK.

Designed to promote innovation in waste, energy, and low-carbon vehicle systems in the West Midlands, the £7m Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC) is set to open next April.

Construction on the new University of Birmingham sustainable innovation centre started this May.

During the same month, Glancy Nicholls Architects appointed WSP to develop the engineering design of the centre.

Glancy Nicholls Architects led the overall design of the innovation centre, which secured funding from the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and will serve as home to a research and development programme.

As part of the programme, energy and circular economy developments will be introduced to the city and wider region, in addition to national and global markets.

A plaque has been secured to the final vertical fixing of the roof stating the date of the topping out ceremony in order to commemorate the achievement.

Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Luke Hall said: “The centre will put Birmingham on the map as a key player in addressing energy challenges while bringing opportunities and investment to its community.

“The project has also given a new lease of life to the 300-year-old Webster & Horsfall manufacturing site, which will now play a pivotal role in the region’s first Energy Innovation Zone.”

Once completed, the BEIC will also offer the opportunity to students from the university, schools and colleges to get involved with projects in and around the East Birmingham area.