Visual of the Phase 1 building looking south from the north of BHIC
Visual of the Phase 1 building looking south from the north of BHIC

Phase 1 proposals

The first phase of the development will consist of a 133,000 (net internal area) sq ft, 6 floor (5 plus ground floor) building, new public realm and temporary surface parking. The first three floors of this building will be occupied by the University of Birmingham’s Precision Health Technologies Accelerator (PHTA).

It will bring together the region’s leading experts in genomics, diagnostics, healthcare technology development and evaluation, clinical trials and healthcare data and informatics. Further detail of the PHTA is included on the Vision page of this website.

The building will also provide space for larger, more established SciTech SMEs and MedTech start-ups specialising in precision medicine, diagnostics and digital healthcare. Bringing these organisations together will create a thriving cluster of new and more mature businesses working in collaboration with the surrounding clinical, business and academic community.

Masterplan

We are submitting a hybrid planning application to Birmingham City Council. This will include detailed designs for the first phase of development of BHIC and will guide future development of the site for the next 10+ years. The application will seek permission for 657,465 sq ft (net internal area) of floor space. This is larger than the life sciences park approved as part of the outline planning application granted in 2013 and will meet the growing demand for this type of development in the area.

We have created a masterplan that will guide this development and this is explained in further detail in dedicated pages on this website. In addition to details on Phase 1, this page provides information about how the rest of the site will be developed in the future. The Environment page provides details on the proposed landscaping and public realm. The Connectivity page provides details on how BHIC will be accessed from the canal, rail and road networks, as well as parking and movement within the site.

Illustrative Masterplan
Proposed delivery
Phase 1 2023
Phase 2 2025
Phase 3 2027
MSCP (as part of Phase 3) 2027
Phase 4 2029
Phase 5 & 6 2031

Delivery

The masterplan included shows how the site could be developed over the next ten years. The Phase 1 building is located to the north east of the site and the intention is for the remaining buildings to be developed in a clockwise fashion through subsequent phases. A multi-storey car park is proposed for the south west edge of the site and will be built as part of the third phase of development (currently estimated to be 2027).

Future phases of development will be brought forward as part of future planning applications and their detailed designs will be considered then. The current estimated delivery is shown on the masterplan image. We anticipate that all buildings will be between 6 – 8 storeys. While the scale of buildings is designed to respond to the anticipated market requirements and likely building use, the buildings have been arranged to step up in height to the rear of the site.

First Phase image 1

First Phase image 2

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Building design

The proposed design of Phase 1 has been subject to extensive discussions with officers at Birmingham City Council and other key stakeholders. The building will include laboratories, incubation space, offices, meeting rooms and storage, alongside plant space and flues. These specific requirements have been carefully considered throughout the design process alongside the desire to promote the ‘hi-tech’ aesthetic of the park’s occupants.

The principle of strong horizontal banding was established early in the design process, however the exact treatment has evolved over time and several iterations have been considered. This has included the study of precedent buildings, and a number of these are shown here.

The material palette has been carefully selected and includes natural anodised aluminium with copper fins. This will provide depth and texture to the facades and opportunities for integrated passive solar shading.

 

Precedent images

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