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New £40m home for Birmingham Conservatoire music school

Birmingham Conservatoire Image copyright Birmingham City University
Image caption The 150-year-old home of the Birmingham Conservatoire is to be demolished as part of a revamp of Paradise Circus

Plans for a new £40m home for the Birmingham Conservatoire music school have been unveiled.

Birmingham City University said the new centre would be built alongside Millennium Point on Jennens Road.

The Conservatoire will move in 2017 when its current base is demolished as part of the city council's £450m Paradise Circus redevelopment.

The new facility will have a concert hall, rehearsal rooms, lecture theatres and recording studios.

The university had originally objected to plans by the city council to knock down the 150-year-old music school in Fletchers Walk to build a four-star hotel and shops.

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Image caption The new £40m facility will be built alongside Millennium Point

It withdrew its objection after it agreed a deal with the authority to help fund its new home.

Details of how much the deal is worth have not yet been revealed.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: "Over the past few months the University has been in close negotiation with Birmingham City Council to reach an appropriate agreement."

He said he was delighted that an agreement has been reached which would enable "Birmingham Conservatoire to relocate to this new, state-of-the-art building by summer 2017".

He said building work would start in the summer subject to agreement from the Secretary of State.

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