Innovation Birmingham campus sets out £30 million expansion plans
Plans have been approved for a £30 million, 120,000 sq ft development that will provide new workspace for digital and tech businesses.
Enterprise Wharf is being developed by Bruntwood SciTech at the Innovation Birmingham campus, the UK’s largest dedicated digital tech campus which is home to over 170 businesses in high growth sectors such as edtech, sportstech, medtech, VR, AR and cybersecurity.
Enterprise Wharf’s approval by Birmingham City Council follows recent planning approval of HS2 Curzon Street Station which will be located minutes from the campus, and last month’s news that 5PRING, the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerator programme – led by telecoms giant Telefonica, launched at Innovation Birmingham following a successful bid by the West Midlands Combined Authority to become the nation’s inaugural 5G testbed.
The building will feature a large, open plan reception and collaboration space, cycle storage and kit drying room, showers, a roof garden.
David Hardman, managing director, Bruntwood SciTech – Birmingham, said: “The West Midlands is home to an ever-expanding digital tech ecosystem. Connecting start-ups with global corporates and the public sector is crucial to its evolution. Enterprise Wharf will help to expand our innovation community and help the sector flourish.”
Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “A thriving digital economy is essential for the city’s future and Enterprise Wharf will provide the kind of quality infrastructure that’s needed to entice established players to Birmingham, while also helping to catalyse future success stories from within our community of entrepreneurs.”
Enterprise Wharf is scheduled for completion in 2022.