Birmingham City University has signed a lease for the 45,500 sq ft of Grade A office space, situated next door to its new Curzon and Parkside buildings, which will be home to 400 of the University’s professional services staff from September 2016.
Staff at the University were invited to give the facility which was previously known as 6 Cardigan Street, a new name, with The Joseph Priestley Building picked as the eventual winner.
Priestley, a one-time Birmingham resident, is famous for his educational theory that aimed to move students away from classical learning towards a modern, practical curriculum.
The handover of the Building to Birmingham City University follows planning permission for the next phase of the Eastside Locks development and will see Goodman deliver further new Grade A office space at 8 Cardigan Street.
Eastside Locks is on track to deliver more than a million sq. ft. of new office space that will transform a once forgotten part of the city into a thriving business and leisure destination.
Businesses will benefit from its location within the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone, the increasing connectivity of Birmingham including its position on the doorstep of HS2, its reduced business rates and access to high quality graduates.
James Raven, Goodman’s development director, UK Business Parks, said: “Goodman’s collaboration with Birmingham City University goes from strength to strength.
“We are delighted that the University chose 6 Cardigan Street at Eastside Locks and as it continues to grow, this is the ideal place for connecting the Institution’s talent with both the booming start-up scene and with larger businesses that are looking to escape the rising costs of London.
“The completion of the first phase of Eastside Locks is a really exciting milestone for us. With the second phase scheduled to begin on site later this year, our vision for the project and the benefits for occupiers are both becoming a reality.
“Aided by the future arrival of HS2 and the work of key partners, we will unlock the potential for Eastside Locks to become a truly progressive Business and Innovation hub."