Birmingham Life Sciences Park

Birmingham Life Sciences Park (BLSP) will harness world-leading academic and clinical strengths while bringing new commercial power to the region to accelerate life sciences research, taking innovative new healthcare treatments and technologies from early development to real life application. 

Through the Park we will deliver the full circle of translational medicine, from drug development to real world studies, to promote healthy living through maintaining quality of life and developing new treatments for disease. We are already tackling cancer, chronic and rare diseases, dementia, trauma and antibiotic resistance.

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About BLSP

4441_C01_Elevated_Exterior_(Stage-05)The uniquely co-located site will utilise the unrivalled healthcare infrastructure of: 

Birmingham Health Partners (University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, and Birmingham Women’s and Children's NHS Foundation Trust), the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) and the BioHub Birmingham, among many other centres of research and practice excellence all within close proximity to the Park.

It will build on BHP’s integrated clinical-academic vision to deliver research that matters, making BLSP an exciting proposition as part of the evolution of life sciences in not only Birmingham but the wider region and UK.

This will be a pioneering and globally significant location that brings together outstanding researchers, clinicians, policy makers and industry to rapidly translate scientific and clinical insights into patient benefit and economic growth. It will reinforce Birmingham’s global role, supporting innovative new partnerships and leveraging strong existing collaborations. Working with and for our large, diverse regional patient and public communities, it will be unparalleled in its ability to co-create dynamic solutions to some of the biggest challenges in life sciences and healthcare. It will benefit from outstanding clinical data integration and analytics, real world evidence and patient engagement.

To find out more about the extensive and innovative life sciences research happening at Birmingham, visit our website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/life-sciences/index.aspx

Birmingham Life Sciences Park

BLSP Vision

The Birmingham Life Sciences Park will align with the broader life sciences expertise and infrastructure across the West Midlands and help establish Birmingham as a leading economic hub for life sciences. There are already 22,000 people employed in the sector across the region and more than 600 companies working in this area. The development of the park will afford industry greater access to leading research and facilities, investment prospects and the opportunity to develop their own facility spaces. This will give our local enterprises the edge in a competitive sector and promote job creation. Our vision is to attract the establishment of new SMEs and investment from large pharma and biotechnology firms. This will further enhance the region’s status as an internationally recognised hub for clinical academia. 

BLSP will:

  • Offer precision medicine using personalised approaches to trial design for developing and testing new treatments and technologies.
  • Use integrated data to drive improvements in healthcare through a greater understanding of the causes and potential treatments of disease.
  • Train the workforce of the future to deliver multidisciplinary research and healthcare.

News

22 October 2018  

GVA seeks development partner for University of Birmingham’s £200 million Birmingham Life Sciences Park

GVA has been appointed by the University of Birmingham to find a development and funding partner for the £300 million Birmingham Life Sciences Park.

Situated on a remediated 9.9 acre site in Selly Oak, outline planning consent is already in place with the potential to accommodate in excess of 54 000 sq m (580 000 sq ft) of state-of-the-art facilities.

GVA will advise the University throughout the process and will assess prospective partners or consortia on their relevant experience and capability within the medical and life sciences sectors to bring forward the development.

Combining technology innovation platforms and high quality commercial accommodation, the Birmingham Life Sciences Park will act as a pioneering and globally significant location, bringing together researchers, clinicians, policy makers and industry to translate scientific and clinical insights into patient benefit and economic growth.

Proximity to a number of medical and learning facilities – including the University of Birmingham campus, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Women’s Hospital and the Institute of Translational Medicine – will create a unique opportunity for businesses to harness the power of the city’s unrivalled health and translational research infrastructure.

GVA’s Carl Potter, who is leading the process, said: “This is a very specific and interesting project for the right partner who wants to enter into a long term relationship with the University. There are a growing number of developers and funders who are seeking opportunities such as this which enables development to fulfil a clear long term vision and purpose.

“The site is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the innovation which is already underway within this sector and which requires a real estate solution to continue its growth.”

The Life Sciences Park will align with the broader sector expertise already present in the region, with some 22,000 people employed at 600 companies across the West Midlands.

The uniquely co-located site will utilise the unrivalled healthcare infrastructure of Birmingham Health Partners, the Institute of Translational Medicine and BioHub Birmingham, alongside other centres of research and practice excellence located in close proximity to the site.

Dr Steve Taylor, Director of Strategy and Operations at Birmingham Life Sciences Park said: “The Park provides a fantastic opportunity for businesses to co-locate at the heart of our vibrant Birmingham Health Partners campus and work in partnership with our academic, clinical and patient community in order to accelerate new innovation into the clinic.  The innovation space on the Park will bring together expertise in healthcare informatics, diagnostics, medical technologies and clinical trials to support the development and deployment of new precision therapies and diagnostics to deliver next-generation healthcare to our population and revolutionise approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.”

Following selection of a development partner, the Life Sciences Campus will undergo a phased delivery with a target for commencement of works in January 2020.

For further information, contact Carl Potter at GVA on 0121 609 8388 or carl.potter@gva.co.uk.

Case Studies

Birmingham Life Sciences Park will offer our partners direct access to academic, scientific and clinical facilities and expertise through the Birmingham Health Partners network (partners are the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, which are all in close proximity to the park).  

Our case studies page provides several compelling examples that demonstrate how our unique infrastructure, co-located expertise and embedded partnership working has allowed the rapid development of scientific and medical innovation into improved patient care.   

If you’d like to become part of this pioneering development, work with us, or find out more about how Birmingham Life Sciences Park could benefit you, please contact us at blsp@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Find out more on our case studies page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be space on the Birmingham Life Sciences Park for companies to locate?

Yes. The park will be comprised of research and development and service facilities including office spaces, laboratories and co-creation/co-development spaces. Please contact us for more information.

What are the timelines for the development?

It is anticipated that phased construction will start on site in early 2020. Other opportunities are available in the meantime; we are currently developing partnerships and activities in areas such as the design and delivery of clinical trials and genomics sciences. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about these activities and partnering with us.

Can I be an investor in BLSP?

There are still opportunities for partners wishing to invest in the development of the park and we are happy to discuss these with interested parties. Please contact us for more information.

What are the main benefits of locating on BLSP?

The location of BLSP at the confluence of the University of Birmingham campus, University Hospitals Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trusts will facilitate unrivalled access to the infrastructure of BHP.

This will be a pioneering site that brings together outstanding researchers, clinicians, policy makers and industry to rapidly translate scientific and clinical insights into patient benefit and economic growth. It will reinforce Birmingham’s ability to support innovative new partnerships and leverage strong existing collaborations. All these factors make BLSP an exciting proposition as part of the evolution of life sciences in not only Birmingham but the wider region and UK.

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Contact Us

If you would like to contact us with any queries regarding the park, please fill in the form below. Alternatively, please email the BLSP Project Office via the email provided.

 

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BLSP Project Office
Room CG27, Medical School 
Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2SQ
Email: BLSP@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 

Dr Steve Taylor
Director of Strategy & Operations
Birmingham Life Sciences Park
Email: s.b.taylor@bham.ac.uk