Birmingham City Council has given the go-ahead for plans to deliver the Birmingham Health Innovation Campus
The first phase will see the development of No.1 Birmingham Health Innovation Campus which will provide 133,000 sq ft of lab and office space purposely designed for health innovation and life sciences businesses.
The building will include the home of the University of Birmingham’s Precision Health Technologies Accelerator (PHTA), providing innovation and incubation spaces for businesses.
Companies located at Birmingham Health Innovation Campus will benefit from lab and office space, and access to fully connected clinical trials translation ecosystem at the region’s NHS Trusts.
The campus will also offer a range of additional facilities including a cafe, indoor and outdoor event space, meeting rooms, cycle storage and car parking.
The 10-year masterplan will provide up to 657,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art space for the West Midlands’ life sciences sector, supporting the creation of over 10,000 new jobs.
No.1 Birmingham Health Innovation Campus is being developed in accordance with Bruntwood SciTech’s ongoing commitments to sustainability. Targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’, the building will incorporate a number of design measures to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate the effects of climate change and protect and enhance the local environment.
‘Health innovation and healthcare technologies powerhouse’
David Hardman, managing director of Bruntwood SciTech – Birmingham, said: “The response since announcing the development of Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, has been extremely positive.
“It’s clear that this is being seen as a real milestone in the evolution of the West Midlands as a health innovation and connected healthcare technologies powerhouse.
“The region has all the raw ingredients the sector needs – world-class universities, a number of specialist NHS Trusts, quality infrastructure and a growing cluster of SMEs – to support the journey from early R&D to manufacture and market adoption of new health products and services.
“The Campus will be the epicentre where all these come together and attract further inward investment to ensure the West Midlands has one of the country’s most exciting life sciences propositions for years to come.”
Professor Tim Jones, University of Birmingham provost and vice-principal, added: “With the UK beginning a cautious easing of Covid-19 restrictions, this announcement could not be more timely.
“The speed at which the university and our NHS partners were able to mobilise against the pandemic is indicative of our collaborative and innovative approach to life sciences and medical technologies – an approach which businesses working with us at Birmingham Health Innovation Campus will benefit greatly from.
“The development is set to play a major role in post-Covid economic recovery, bringing enhanced health, wealth and opportunity to the city and wider West Midlands on a scale rarely witnessed.
“We are greatly appreciative of the support the campus has received from the City Council and look forward to progressing with construction.”
Birmingham Health Innovation Campus is being built in Selly Oak, in the heart of the University of Birmingham’s academic and clinical cluster with the first phase set to complete in 2023.