A mix of future and historic plans will shape the University's campus for the next generation.
The transformation for the Edgbaston campus is moving forward, with the tender process for the two largest building works almost complete. The plans will deliver the city's first 50-metre swimming pool; create a modern library with a cultural hub; and open up a new green space at the heart of campus.
The successful contractors for the sports centre and library will be announced soon, and work is expected to begin on site early in 2014 for the former, and further through the year for the latter.
The developments include:
Facilities to meet the demands of a new generation of students and researchers, plus a cultural gateway with new services for the public. This will make greater use of technology to provide a library fit for the 21st century.
Image: Artist's impression of the new library interior
New sports centre
On the site of the now-closed Gun Barrels pub, the centre will include Birmingham's first 50-metre Olympic-length swimming pool, a performance and wellbeing centre, a sports hall, activity studios, a gym, squash courts and other facilities for students, staff, alumni, community users and community clubs based at the University.
The existing Eden tower, Hampton and Chelwood wings which form Chamberlain will be demolished, to be replaced by a new tower and three low-rise buildings providing 725 bed spaces on The Vale. This contemporary accommodation will offer facilities such as wireless infrastructure, en suite bathrooms and energy efficient hot water and heating. There will also be a social space with a bar, catering and launderette facilities.
A new hub of student services including the Careers Network and Registry will be housed in the Aston Webb building at the centre of campus, including confidential consultation rooms, new learning spaces and a 250-seat lecture theatre.
Green heart of campus
Interpreting William Haywood's 1929 plans for a green space in the centre of campus in a modern style, this will use the contours of the site and enhance the environment for students, staff and visitors.
Visit the campus developments website.