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Birmingham is a city on the move, and there are few more exciting areas than its Eastside. In 2020, the eastside rooms will become the latest in a number of exciting new developments within the area, which is being called the Knowledge Quarter.
This website will bring to life some of the most relevant developments for the meeting and event planners and give a picture of how the skyline has changed, and will continue to change in the area over the next few years.
The Parkside Building is part of Birmingham City University’s many striking campus facilities that can be found within the city. This landmark £61 million project was the first phase of the university's City Centre Campus and opened in 2014. The 18,310 square metre, five-storey facility is set in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside, part of the area’s growing ‘Knowledge District’, and is home to the university's institute of art and design (BIAD). It includes a media hub with TV, radio and photographic studios, making it a useful partner for media, film, design and cultural events within Eastside.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, is a new £57 million teaching and performance facility. The building ill be the first of its kind in the digital age and is the perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary design and entertainment, capturing the city’s love for contemporary music, dance and theatre. The new building, part of an extension plan on the site, featuring 9,000 sqm of purpose designed teaching, rehearsal and state of the art performance space and has been designed by award winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB).
The iconic Curzon Building is part of Birmingham City University’s many campus spaces within the city and sits opposite the site of Birmingham’s historic Curzon Street railway station. The building is easily recognisable for those entering the city by rail, sitting within the ‘knowledge district’ in Birmingham’s Eastside and home to more than 5,000 students. The building is much recognised for its striking design and world class sustainability and ethical signature, as it is as a place in the hearts of the many students that have already passed through the university since its opening.
i-Centrum launched in 2016 as part of the continual development of the Eastside as the city’s Knowledge Quarter. The building is the home of Birmingham's bustling tech and start-up community, providing office suites and hot-desking for the next generation of tech innovators.
Joseph Priestley Building
Completed in May 2016, The Joseph Priestley Building formed the first commercial phase of the Aukett Swanke designed Eastside Locks master plan. The site is located in the ‘Knowledge District’ of Birmingham’s Eastside. The building employs a ‘restrained material palette’, using a careful combination of high-quality glass, glazed terracotta and GRC cladding elements to express the ordering of the façade. The material choice offers a variety of textures which respond to the site’s quality of light- contributing significantly to the quality of its immediate urban environment and setting the standard for the wider Eastside Locks master plan, due to complete in 2026.
The Emporium extends the city’s budget accommodation options, allowing meeting and event organisers the option to host delegates in the full variety of accommodation. The Emporium opened in 2017 and provides a stylish and elegant student accommodation option within the heart of the city.
Birmingham’s newest conference, meeting and events venue. Featuring the city’s largest pillar free event space, on-site hotel and even an on-site pub! The new venue, which will draw inspiration from Birmingham’s unique cultural story, is a purpose-built convention venue and hotel, with a central events space, supported by complementary break out rooms, and is available for groups up to 1,000.
Lancaster Circus will be another welcomed addition to the Knowledge Quarter, offering over 1,023 new student accommodation style rooms, an ideal budget option for the growing number of learning-led meetings and events coming to the city. The scale of the development shows the ambition of the city towards the knowledge economy and the build will again be a welcome addition to the city’s every changing skyline.
Enterprise Wharf opens in 2021 and adds to the Eastside’s reputation as the city’s Knowledge Quarter. Situated next door to i-Centrum, Enterprise Wharf will be a new centre for Birmingham’s growing digital and technology economy.
One Eastside is set to become Birmingham’s tallest ever building when it is completed in 2023, and the latest in dramatic entrant to the Birmingham skyline. The iconic building will be situated next to the HS2 Curzon Street Station, two minutes from the upcoming HS2 railway line and five minutes from the famous Bullring & Grand Central Station.
The STEAMhouse is another new centre to fuel the knowledge economy in the Eastside of Birmingham. It’s aimed at encouraging the collaboration of the arts, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEAM) sectors, and will be a melting pot of technology, workspace and business support services for businesses and individuals.
The new HS2 Station will be located just off Curzon street in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside and is due for completion 2026. The new rail link will bring Birmingham closer to both London in the South and Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds in the north of the country. The new link will reduce journey times by around 20 minutes, making London just an hour away and connecting the country with Birmingham (and its Knowledge District) at its centre. As part of the development, there will be improved connections between the new station and Moor Street Station in the city centre.