Published: 23rd Mar 2020

Work has begun on a £60m project to transform Birmingham’s 121-year-old Belmont Works factory into a new place for artists, academics and industry to collaborate on projects or business ideas.  The factory will become home to Birmingham City University’s STEAMhouse initiative, which aims to drive innovative and economic growth by connecting different disciplines. This centre will provide a platform for individuals and groups to collaborate alongside academic teaching. Since the first phase of the STEAMhouse initiative opened in 2018, it has supported over 200 businesses with new research partnerships and it has invested more than £75,000 in financial support. Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) have funded the centre with £1m and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have provided a further £14m. Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland will carry out the work, which will include an extension and a full-scale reconstruction of the water tower. Professor Julian … (To read the full article, subscribe below)