A large-scale business innovation hub in Birmingham specialising in life sciences and healthcare technology is one step closer to completion after being granted planning permission by Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, funded by the council and receiving support from the University of Birmingham and major life sciences accelerator Bruntwood SciTech, is set to begin construction work in Selly Oak this summer.
The building will be able to offer 133,000 square feet of office and laboratory space, with a particular focus on precision medicine, digital healthcare, MedTech and biopharmaceuticals, offering a boost to businesses looking to make Birmingham their business hub.
The Campus has claimed several major infrastructural benefits from working with them, from high-quality workspaces to access to a clinical trials translation ecosystem fully connected to the West Midlands NHS trusts.
There are also plans for a cafe, indoor and outdoor events spaces, on-site car parking, cycle storage and a range of meeting rooms.
The Campus is one major step towards positioning the West Midlands as a hub for health innovation and life sciences recruitment, which in 2020 led to over £1.12bn in investment.
By the end of the decade, the West Midlands aims to be the home of over 650,000 square feet of high-end lab and office space, as well as 10,000 new life sciences professionals. All of this is estimated to be worth over £400m extra to the regional economy.
Bruntwood SciTech’s managing director called the Campus the “epicentre” where all the raw ingredients the life sciences sector needs can come together to create important health innovations from early R&D to being a part of everyday life.