University disappointed as council defers £65 million development investment
University College Birmingham is disappointed that Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has today (12.05.16) delayed a decision on the proposed £65 million redevelopment of its site in the Jewellery Quarter.
The Phase 2 application has been deferred, not rejected, while clarification is sought on issues relating to the safeguarding of students aged under 18, which UCB considers to be of paramount importance.
The University’s proposals feature gated security on Holland Street, to be operational while the institution is open during term time. However, the general public will be allowed controlled access to Holland Street at all times and will be able to take advantage of the new student-run retail units.
Phase 2 will complement the Phase 1 McIntyre House development in Holland Street, which opened as a centre for undergraduate and postgraduate study in 2014. The building recently scooped a prestigious award at the Royal Institute of British Architects West Midlands Awards 2016.
The University has now been in consultation with the council for three years on plans for Phase 2. The development will provide sector-leading facilities to enrich Birmingham’s knowledge economy and boost training and employment opportunities for generations of young people.
In light of the council’s decision, UCB is considering all its options on its intended investment and will be taking appropriate professional advice.