New railway research hub for campus
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.”