New rail­way re­search hub for cam­pus

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham is to cre­ate a ‘world-lead­ing’ cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for rail­way re­search.

The new build­ing will ac­com­mo­date up to 100 staff, 100 PhD stu­dents and 700 un­der­grad­u­ates.

It will be con­structed on the for­mer Alta Bio­sciences block and chem­istry labs at the Edg­bas­ton cam­pus, which have al­ready been de­mol­ished. The de­vel­op­ment will house the School of Engi­neer­ing and in­clude a wing for the UK Rail­way Re­search In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

The univer­sity said: “The School of Engi­neer­ing build­ing will ben­e­fit from a £92 mil­lion re­search fund which was se­cured in 2017 be­tween the rail sup­ply in­dus­try and a con­sor­tium of eight uni­ver­si­ties, aimed at es­tab­lish­ing a world-lead­ing cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for rail­way re­search.

“A new flag­ship build­ing is pro­posed to fa­cil­i­tate the growth of the engi­neer­ing sec­tor.”

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