Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Opens

Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home, opened today. The £57 million purpose-built music college provides five new public performance spaces, including a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat recital hall and a 100-seat organ studio as well as the East Side Jazz Club. It is the first to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and is the only one in the country specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.

Our external works proposals form a plinth for the beautiful brick conservatoire building. A simple materials palette provides a landscape scheme which harmonises with the buildings it encompasses. A place to be enjoyed by many future generations of musical students and members of the public.

Birmingham Conservatoire’s roots go back to the Birmingham School of Music, starting as a department of the Birmingham and Midland Institute in 1859. It is now a part of Birmingham City University. The new institute, in Jennens Road, replaces the old conservatoire in Adrian Boult Hall which is being demolished as part of the new Paradise regeneration project in Chamberlain Square.

The Conservatoire’s new building supports an impressive programme of learning and widening music participation which will benefit thousands of children, young people and their families from diverse communities across England.

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University said “this is not just a state-of-the-art home for developing the next generation of talented and versatile performers, but it will also enrichen and deepen the university experience for all our students, who will be able to make full use of its facilities and enjoy the rich programme of events planned.”

The institute was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, with external works by Planit-IE. The works were constructed by Galliford Try for Birmingham City University.