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Conservatoire Success at Planning Committee

The Practice has gained consent for an exciting new city centre building to house the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Birmingham City Council Committee Members enthusiastically gave the ‘thumbs up’ to the Birmingham City University scheme, which will become a key landmark in Eastside, creating state of the art accommodation for music students.  It will also provide five performance venues, including a public concert hall with the capacity for over 450 seats and a full orchestra, plus a recital hall at 150 seats and smaller experimental music space, organ and jazz rooms including more than 70 music practice rooms of various sizes. The building, designed by the prestigious Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will be a contemporary brick addition to the educational and cultural provision in Eastside.

The relocation of the Conservatoire from its current home at Paradise Forum is being driven by the imminent redevelopment of the area. The new facility will open in 2017 and will become a key music venue in the city centre.

At the same committee meeting, the Practice gained consent for a 435 bed city centre student housing scheme. Whilst, consent has also been secured by the Practice during the same week for the refurbishment of the historic Islington Row, Edgbaston shop frontages which form part of the Calthorpe Estates.