Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), BDP and Ian Simpson Architects have been shortlisted to design a new £40 million home for the Birmingham Conservatoire
The high-profile Birmingham City University-backed project will create a new 12,000m² home for the prestigious music school and concert venue next to Grimshaw’s iconic Millennium Point.
Planned to open in 2017, the new building will be at the centre of Birmingham’s Eastside regeneration zone which is already home to Birmingham City University and expected to undergo massive transformation as a terminal for HS2.
The conservatoire must relocate from its currentParadise Circus home as part of Glenn Howells’ plans for £450 million makeover of the city centre district.
University vice-chancellor Cliff Allan said: “Birmingham City Council’s redevelopment of Paradise Circus meant that a new home was needed for our world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire.
He continued: ‘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 building will feature two major performance alongside private rehearsal rooms and teaching spaces.
The winning architect will be announced next month.
Its about time! The lamposts were the oldest things on that road lol, wonder if the'll be LEDs, the ones on Holloway Head/Bath Row look great at night.Currently Jennens Road is having new lampposts installed! (by Amey or another contractor). The Cardigan Street junction is more or less complete! (Cardigan Street yet to reopen).
It's just Aston University and Birmingham Metropolitan College on one side, BCU and BOA on the other! (Education Quarter).
Also one of my routes to and from work!
Nah, it'll be off-blackthis new building better not be grey..........
Not sure where you get the whole cultural thing from. This area is purely for educational facilities and the Birmingham Conservatoire's primary raisin d'etre is educational. If the cultural element took more of a prominence then the Centenary Square area of Broad Street by the old bank would have been a much more suitable place to tie-in with the Library and the ICC. It seems this is plainly an education faculty, just like the rest of the developments here.i great location inho and great given the type of developments which are sprouting along jennings road... i just wish we had a greater idead of what is to become of this major road into the city... it will host many great cultural facilities, lets see if there are environmental improvements to reflect this...
im interested to see how the building will be developed... it does appear to be a very tight site!
I always feel a country that keeps building museums is always looking back instead of forward.Certainly for this side however, I'd like to see a Birmingham Transport museum and a Birmingham Design Museum as the city and its wider region has contributed so much to both over at least the last couple 200 years.
Actually, museums can be very effective educational establishments which can work brilliantly to train precisely those innovators you describe. You have to see what went before, before you can go forward.I always feel a country that keeps building museums is always looking back instead of forward.
Instead of a transport museum lets spend the money on buildings to DESIGN and BUILD cars or motorbikes or other vehicles.
Instead of a design museum lets build a college that teaches design in all its forms (a museum could even be part of that, to let people study design from the past).
And I am very jealous of the jewel that Coventry has in its city.Actually, museums can be very effective educational establishments which can work brilliantly to train precisely those innovators you describe. You have to see what went before, before you can go forward.