Address: Venture Way, Dartmouth Middleway, Birmingham, B7 4AP
Content areas: civil engineering and command, control & communications
Did you know?
The world’s oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture, the Curzon Street station entrance building, was built in 1838. It welcomed the first train from London to Birmingham on 17 September 1838. It is now Grade 1 listed, and plans for HS2 could incorporate the building into the new Birmingham station.
Why is the college here?
Birmingham will be at the heart of our new high speed rail network, with trains from the city serving both the planned phases of the route, to London in the south on Phase One, and the North West, East Midlands and Yorkshire on Phase Two. With work on the project expected to begin in 2018, students at the college will be in a prime position to see the benefits of high speed rail occurring first hand.
Birmingham is pretty much the centre of England and as you’d expect, really well connected as a result. There are three stations in the city centre – the recently-revamped New Street, which links Birmingham with the rest of the country; Moor Street, which runs trains through Buckinghamshire to London; and Snow Hill, which serves local areas.
Another large station, Birmingham International, is right next to the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham Airport, which accommodates more than 50 airlines flying to more than 100 destinations.
Birmingham is also at the heart of the road networks, accessible from four motorways and with over 25,000 parking spaces in and around the city.
Why locate in Birmingham?
Birmingham is cultured, fun and changing all the time. It’s a huge shopping centre, with the Bullring Shopping Centre right in the middle of town. You’re only ever a short walk from shops and restaurants, including the iconic Selfridges store and John Lewis.
From a cultural perspective, galleries and entertainment are in plentiful supply – from art galleries to live theatre performances. Gigs regularly take place at one or all of the O2 Academy, the Barclaycard Arena and the NEC (now the Genting Arena). There’s also a wide variety of sports on offer, from football and cricket to athletics, all around the city.
Whatever your tastes, Birmingham is already home to over 70,000 students and has something to offer them all!