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Sector Focus University takes over new offices


Birmingham City University has signed a lease for the 45,500 sq ft of Grade A office space, situated next door to its new Curzon and Parkside buildings, which will be home to 400 of its professional services staff from September. Previously known as 6 Cardigan


Street, university staff were invited to give the facility a name, with the Joseph Priestley Building picked as the eventual winner. Priestley, a one-time Birmingham resident, is famous for his educational theory that aimed to move students away from classical learning towards a modern, practical curriculum. The handover of the Joseph


Priestley Building to the university follows planning permission for the next phase of the Eastside Locks development and will see Goodman deliver further new Grade A office space at 8 Cardigan Street. Phase two also includes


Goodman’s restoration of Belmont Works, the fire damaged and locally listed former cycle factory, into contemporary offices suitable for digital, technology and creative services. Eastside Locks is on track to


deliver more than a million square feet of new space that will


With the second phase scheduled to begin on site later this year, our vision for the project and the benefits for occupiers are both becoming a reality


transform a once forgotten part of the city into a thriving business, living and leisure destination. James Raven, Goodman’s


development director, UK Business Parks, said: “Goodman’s collaboration with Birmingham City University goes from strength to strength. We are delighted that the University chose 6 Cardigan Street at Eastside Locks and as it continues to grow, this is the ideal place for connecting the Institution’s talent with both the booming start-up scene and with larger businesses that are looking to escape the rising costs of London. “The completion of the first


phase of Eastside Locks is a really exciting milestone for us. With the second phase scheduled to begin on site later this year, our vision for the project and the benefits for occupiers are both becoming a reality. Aided by the future arrival of HS2 and the work of key partners, we will unlock the potential for Eastside Locks to become a truly progressive Business and Innovation hub." Goodman is delivering Eastside


Locks in partnership with Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.


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