If you haven’t heard yet – where have you been!?
We’re really proud to be able to call Birmingham our latest home. From its incredible industrial past to its brilliantly bright future, Birmingham is definitely deserving of its second city status. Here are seven reasons why we made the decision to open a college in the city!
Birmingham is at the epicentre of the country and is equidistant from all major English towns and cities. This makes getting to Birmingham really easy, while also providing an educational hub for those who are a little too far away from our Brighton and Manchester colleges.
Birmingham is well-connected by just about all forms of transport. New Street Station is the heart of the country’s rail network and is slap bang in the centre of the city. Not to forget Moor Street and Snow Hill stations, which also serve important connections to London and other localities of mention such as Solihull and Leamington Spa.
The city is also incredibly accessible by car. A handful of major motorways – notably the M6 – pass through the city, making it a doddle to reach the West Midlands on road. Birmingham Coach Station also serves the entire country (and even some of mainland Europe too!) and can be found just a stone’s throw away from our brand new college in Digbeth.
Its music scene
Birmingham is famous for being the birthplace of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, who recently ended their spell as a touring band right here in the city. Other notable acts to pop up from Brum include Electric Light Orchestra, The Moody Blues, Duran Duran, UB40 and more recently, Laura Mvula, The Twang, Peace, Swim Deep and Jaws.
It could also be said that the likes of Led Zeppelin learnt their trade in Birmingham and the West Midlands areas, with band members originating from these parts.
Birmingham currently has a population of just over 1.1 million, making it the second largest city in the country. Combine this with Birmingham being one of the youngest cities in Europe – and the fact that the population is expected to grow to almost 1.2 million by the year 2021 – this makes for a perfect time to open up in the city!
History and heritage
Birmingham is proudly one of the most historic cities in the world and is famed for its industrialisation in the 18th century. Such characteristics are what cement this revolutionary powerhouse a perfect place to live, study and enjoy.
Birmingham is rapidly rising as a UK hotspot for all things musical
According to UK Music’s 2016 ‘Wish You Were Here’ report, the West Midlands region generated more than £270 million in music tourism visits, with just under 875,000 people visiting the region for gigs and festivals of all genres. That’s almost the population of the city in visitors for music – in just a year!
We see this as a perfect opportunity to open a brand new Institute in the city and aid its contribution to the UK’s music scene.
Landmarks, canals, museums and so much more
We just love the fact that the centre of Birmingham is based around its canal network. Take a stroll along the city centre canals and check out the Gas Street Basin area and you’ll see what we mean! Couple this with its insatiable list of museums, art galleries, landmarks and, of course, those pesky Brummies; it’s a perfect match.