The Exchange

The University is refurbishing Birmingham’s former Municipal Bank on Centenary Square, one of the city’s best known civic buildings. We will breath life into the space to create a city centre hub for public access to our research expertise, education and cultural collections.

 Banking Hall

Our vision is to use our research, teaching and local, national and international networks to create a place of curiosity, celebration, collaboration and change that will bring together communities to shape ideas and solutions that will make our cities and regions better places to live, work and learn.

New South Entrance

The themes for the development include:

  • Policy – Supporting inclusive growth in the West Midlands and across the UK
  • Executive Education – Developing the skills our city needs
  • Leadership – Researching and developing the leadership required in complex and disruptive times
  • Conferencing & Events – An outstanding and unique venue in the heart of Birmingham city centre
  • Student Incubator – A platform for student and graduate entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses
  • Inspiring Communities – Engaging and involving people in research that matters to them 

View from Centenary Square

We are refreshing and enhancing the historic spaces within the building, including:

  • The Banking Hall – this is the heart of the building. It will contain a cafe and become a place to meet, engage and discuss
  • The Vaults – these are the jewel in the crown and will provide an exciting and unusual space for events and installations
  • The Assembly Room – this is a large airy conference and events space with a unique character


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