Construction Enquirer News First phase 7-floor building project to start in the Spring

Plans have been submitted to build a major health campus in the Midlands to deliver medical research and innovation.

Developer Bruntwood and Legal & General have teamed up with the University of Birmingham and two local NHS Foundation Trusts to invest £210m in the research campus.

The hybrid planning application includes detailed plans for the first phase building, set for completion in 2023, if approved.

The plans also outline how the former Battery Park site in Selly Oak could be developed over the next 10 years with six buildings, a multi-storey car park, lab and office space, a gym and extensive landscaping.

The Campus will provide up to 657,000 sq ft of lab, office and incubation space for health and life science businesses.

Phase one will involve a 7-floor, 133,000 sq ft building. Its top three floors will be occupied by the University of Birmingham’s Precision Health Technologies Accelerator.

Work on Phase 1, the public spaces, canal link and a temporary car park is due to start in Spring 2021

Expansion of University Station, to provide a tenfold increase in station capacity, is expected to be completed ahead of BHIC opening.

Further five phases from 2023-2031

David Hardman, Managing Director, Bruntwood SciTech – Birmingham said: “The health and life sciences sector is thriving in the West Midlands and BHIC will provide valuable space, support and a focal point for start-ups, SMEs and large corporates working in areas such as health innovation, digital health and medtech.”

The planning application and consultation process was led by planning and strategic communications consultants from Turley’s Birmingham and Manchester offices, alongside a project team which includes architects Sheppard Robson, PlanIt IE and Mott MacDonald.

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