Birmingham City University - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham City University’s brand new £57 million home for Birmingham Conservatoire opened its doors to students with a new name thanks to the Queen.

In April 2016 BOF were invited to tender for the loose furniture package at the new Conservatoire. Tenders were returned to Faithful+Gould cost consultants for evaluation with the client.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s teaching and performance facility is the first of its kind in the digital age and is the perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary.

Featuring 9,000 sq m of purpose designed teaching, rehearsal and state of the art performance space, it offers unrivalled opportunities for students. The audio and video digital infrastructure is designed to enhance and support live performance and to allow students to experiment with new technologies.

The Conservatoire is a world class environment that inspires and impresses. It attracts the most high calibre students, internationally renowned performers and teachers. With complete AV digital interconnection as its backbone, it has enabled new ways of teaching, learning and practising. The five performance venues and seven recording studios combine the best traditions of analogue performance with the flexible functionality of 21st century digital systems.

Among the many excellent facilities on offer are:

  • Birmingham’s only dedicated jazz club
  • An outstanding 500 seat concert hall
  • Intimate 150 seat recital hall
  • 100 practice and rehearsal rooms
  • Organ studio
  • Complete AV digital interconnection
  • Seven industry standard recording studios
  • A technical infrastructure unrivalled in the UK

BOF were awarded the loose furniture contract via Galliford Try contractors who were responsible for delivering the completed building.

We engaged with Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to provide product samples and finalise the specification which involved sourcing specialist products from across Europe.

The installation across five floors of the new building was completed in August 2017 ready for the new academic year.

Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, internationally renowned cellist and conductor Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, said: “With our new name and suitably magnificent new home we intend to set the global benchmark for music and drama education and performance. This is a hugely significant moment for music and drama education in the UK."