Capita has been appointed to provide mechanical and electrical, civil and structural engineering services on the new £7.5m iCentrum building at the Innovation Birmingham Campus.
The project, which has just received planning approval from Birmingham City Council, comprises a 41,700sqft technology business incubation facility that will create 400 high-value skilled tech jobs, generating £25 million a year to the local economy. The building will also be the first to start on site within the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP’s Enterprise Zone which features 26 sites within central Birmingham.
The top floor of iCentrum will feature a range of self-contained, highly flexible office suites and networking areas for growing entrepreneurial tech companies, while the first floor will be home to Innovation Birmingham’s ground-breaking Serendip incubator which supports new enterprises across the digital gaming; built environment digital healthcare and digital media sectors.
The design ethos of the building is focused on ‘Generation Z’ - the cohort of people born after the millennial - in order to create the place for Birmingham’s future entrepreneurs.
A total of three to five new buildings are proposed at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, delivering 120,000sqft of purpose-designed space for Birmingham’s tech community. The other proposed buildings are anticipated to attract larger tech companies and house additional innovation functions.
118 companies are currently based in the Campus’ thriving 46,000sqft Faraday Wharf building which opened in 2001Tenants include software and digital gaming specialists, mobile app developers and search engine services.
The iCentrum project is due for completion in early in 2016.
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