Regeneration in Eastside is gathering pace – bring on HS2!

Work begins on BCU's new £61m campus at Eastside

The re-development of Eastside is gathering pace with work starting on Birmingham City University’s £61m City Centre Campus.

The campus development, alongside Millennium Point, is the latest work to begin in Eastside which will also soon be home to a city centre park.

Birmingham City Council recently planted the first of 400 new trees at the site to begin work on the creation of the first new urban park in Birmingham for over 125 years.

Featuring formal lawns, public squares, water features and planted gardens, the 6.9 acre Eastside City Park will stretch from the city centre out into Eastside, past Curzon Street Station and Millennium Point.

Funded by Birmingham City Council the £11.77m park adjoins the current development site for the new Birmingham City University (BCU) campus, and has been designed to sit alongside the proposed HS2 station.

The campus project – part of the Big City Plan to support the city’s renaissance – is also part of the University’s overall £180 million investment in new facilities to help create the skilled graduates of the future.

The proposed HS2 station will connect Birmingham and the West Midlands with major cities across the UK and Europe.

It will triple capacity between Birmingham and London.

Nearby is the entrance to the original Curzon Street station, which was built in 1838 to carry the first passengers between London and Birmingham.

Around 170 years later the railway is set to be the catalyst for regeneration in Eastside once more.

For the full BCU press release click here.

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