Bam appointed for specialist £41m health and biomedical suite

Bam appointed for specialist £41m health and biomedical suite

Birmingham City University has appointed BAM Construction in the Midlands to deliver a major extension to its City South Campus in Edgbaston.

BAM will create the University’s £41m new building to facilitate a range of new courses in sport and life sciences.

The spaces will provide teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs.

BAM is also refurbishing part of the existing Seacole building and carrying out additional external works.

The facilities, on Westbourne Road, will extend the University’s practice-led learning and tackle the challenges of obesity and modern lifestyles as well as supporting elite performers.

BAM has been carrying our enabling works and is due to commence its main contract in June, completing towards the end of 2017.

Construction director Steve Roome said: “Our extensive experience in this sector and our collaborative approach to construction are the critical factors in creating these very modern new facilities in a cutting edge educational field. I have a dynamic team and it is an exciting challenge for us.”

“Modern University campuses are changing beyond recognition and the technology we are using to create them has also moved on significantly.

“We’ll be bringing a lot of that to bear on the new facilities for students and professionals here at Birmingham City University.”

This is the third phase of moving all the University's teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South, and it forms part of the £260 million transformation of its facilities.

Professor Ian Blair, executive dean of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, said: “Our new Health Sciences and Education building will herald a new era for Birmingham City University, allowing us to strengthen our existing education teaching and research programmes, whilst also offering a wide range of new health, nutrition and biomedical science courses.

“The building will also offer the highest quality facilities for both students and staff, ensuring we continue to be best equipped to provide for the next generation of public health and education professionals in the West Midlands.”