A special ‘topping out’ ceremony will be held on Thursday to celebrate a milestone in phase one of Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus project, on Curzon Street, Eastside, next to Millennium Point.
A commemorative plaque will be unveiled on the highest bridge link joining the new building with Millennium Point, where the university already has a base. Professor David Tidmarsh, vice-chancellor of Birmingham City University and Peter Owen, Willmott Dixon’s managing director for the Midlands, will jointly host the event, which will be attended by invited project stakeholders.
Birmingham City University has teamed up with Birmingham-based Willmott Dixon to build the 18,310 sq metre facility, which will provide a purpose-built home for the university’s Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD).
The building will also feature a large ‘media hub’ with industry-standard TV, radio and photographic studios that will underpin the university’s media production courses.
The project – part of the Big City Plan to support the city’s renaissance – is also part of the university’s overall £180m investment in new facilities to help create the skilled graduates of the future.