Research & Development

Birmingham Health Innovation Campus

Birmingham’s immense potential for life sciences innovation, collaboration and investment growth has been officially recognised by the UK government. Birmingham has been ranked as the country’s leading high-potential investment destination for data-driven healthcare innovation (as part of the Department for Business and Trade’s High Potential Opportunities Programme). The Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) has also been designated as the Life Sciences Opportunity Zone for the West Midlands – one of only six such zones in the UK.

Located at the heart of the region’s Life Sciences Opportunity Zone, the new Birmingham Healthcare Innovation Campus (BHIC) is currently under development in partnership with Bruntwood SciTech.

Once operational, it will be a pioneering R&D hub focused on the rapid translation of scientific and clinical insights into patient benefit and economic growth. BHIC 1, a 657,000ft² facility, will be the first building to open in summer 2024. There are a further five phases planned, with the second phase already in design stage.

The campus will provide cutting-edge innovation facilities, building on nationally recognised strengths in healthcare data, genomics medicine and diagnostics, medical technologies and clinical trials. This is a facility that will be ideal for start-ups, scale-ups and global corporates in Medtech, biopharma, precision medicine, healthcare AI, cancer, genomics and more.

Birmingham Health Innovation Campus

Opportunity location

Why invest in Birmingham?

Birmingham, the UK’s second city is the urban heart of the West Midlands. It offers unparalleled connectivity, cultural diversity and economic buzz.

The Big City Plan has transformed the city centre, attracting a new mix of business services, tech, creative industries and life sciences, with a specialised focus on advanced manufacturing and green industry.

The city of a thousand trades, as Birmingham was once known, is now the city of a thousand start-ups, 8,000 acres of green space, 100 languages, 90,000 university students, and leading restaurants serving 27 different national cuisines.

Birmingham’s population is also one of the youngest in Europe and is growing fast, expected to reach 1.25 million in the next 20 years.

This is a golden decade for Birmingham, when the 2022 Commonwealth Games, urban regeneration programmes and the arrival of HS2 will transform the city, its public profile, its connectivity, and its offer to businesses and residents, placing Birmingham at the heart of the West Midlands’ economic revival.

Insight for investors

  • Type of investment sought: Opportunities for partners wishing to invest in the development of the park
  • Value: £4bn GVA
  • Site size: 6.5 hectares
  • Jobs: Over 10,000
  • Timescale: 2021-2023
  • Delivery timescale: 1-5 years
  • Planning status: Planning permission for first phase
Primary promoter

University of Birmingham, as landowner, and investor-developers Bruntwood SciTech