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£41m building offers students a thoroughly modern milieu

Thousands of Birmingham students and staff will have access to state-of-the-art sports equipment, laboratories and teaching space

Posted by Julian Owen | July 06, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Birmingham City University has formally opened the multi-million pound expansion to its City South Campus in Edgbaston, which will be home to its Health, Education and Life Sciences Faculty. 

The 10,500 sq m space boasts a range of state-of-the-art facilities and industry standard sports equipment, including an environmental chamber used by elite athletes to replicate the experience of exercising in extreme conditions. 

It also includes a new sports hall, sports therapy clinic, nutrition science labs, subject-specific classrooms equipped with the latest teaching technology, and a biomedical engineering lab. 

To mark the opening, University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Plowden, unveiled a blue plaque recognising the location’s historic connection with acclaimed physicist Sir Oliver Lodge. 

The plaque celebrates that the site was home to pioneering scientist Lodge, who served as the University of Birmingham’s first Principal between 1900 and 1920. 

The unveiling (above) took place in front of a range of invited guests, including Edgbaston MP Preet Gill, teachers from local schools and colleges, and healthcare professionals.  

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, said: “The industry standard equipment, and our partnerships with professional sports teams, will ensure that by the time our students leave us they have the skills, experience and expertise to hit the ground running in their careers. 

“It is also pleasing that, after working alongside the Civic Society, we were able to unveil a commemorative plaque which recognises the site’s long educational heritage as the former home of the pioneering physicist Sir Oliver Lodge.”

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