The proposed 110,000 sq ft building, in Westbourne Road, is due to open in 2017 and will house the relocated school of education, consolidating the faculty of health, education and life sciences onto one site.
Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the build will provide teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites.
This is the third phase of the University’s project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South.
Professor Ian Blair, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, said: “By moving the School of Education from its current location, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development in Edgbaston.”
The project forms part of the £260m transformation of the University’s City Centre Campus. This includes work on a £46m new home for its Birmingham Conservatoire, which is also set to open its doors to students in 2017.
Earlier this year the University agreed a deal with Perry Beeches Academy Trust that will see a new school built on part of its City North Campus in Perry Barr.
Meanwhile, BAM and Willmott Dixon are the final two left in the bidding for £20m building – currently known as ‘Plot 2A’.