Birmingham City University, UK, has received approval for its £41m campus development from the city planners.

To be developed at the university’s City South Campus on Westbourne Road, the new 10,500m² building will be offering education to the health, nutrition and biomedical science professionals.

Expected to be opened in 2017, the new building will house the University’s School of Education, and bring together faculties of health, education and life sciences at the site.

Designs for the new building have been prepared by architects Sheppard Robson.

"Our new Health Sciences and Education building will herald a new era for Birmingham City University."

The proposed development will comprise 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.

The project represents the third phase of the university’s initiative to shift all its teaching and learning facilities to its two campuses, City Centre and City South.

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It is a part of the £260m transformation of the university’s City Centre Campus. The transformation project will also involve the development of a £46m new home for its Birmingham Conservatoire, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Birmingham City University faculty of health, education and life sciences executive dean Ian Blair 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.

"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. Not only will this improve the student experience with a stronger sense of community, but we will be able to offer more consistent support services and facilities."