The campus

About our campus

Our state-of-the-art campus spans 4.2 acres of land and is here to serve as many as 15,000 students. Longbridge train station creates an excellent link between the new Bournville College campus and areas further afield such as Redditch, Erdington and Sutton Coldfield.

Our premises feature excellent learning facilities, including:

Learning Zone
Located at the very heart of the College, this fantastic facility offers over 300 computers with the latest software, thousands of books on all subjects, e-learning materials, journals and magazines, internet access and expert staff to help you with your research, assignments and coursework. This area is also home to our 3D cinema and its popular Film Club.

The Street

Linking the Learning Zone to the main building is ‘The Street’ the place where everything happens. This is the hub of the college, with a refectory ‘Zest’, Go! Sasa deli bar as well as Starbucks Café. Our contemporary restaurant Urban Flavours offers a more formal dining experience.

Urban Serenity and Urban Elegance

Spreading over two floors, our hair and beauty salons feature the latest industry standard equipment where you can enjoy relaxing therapies, makeovers or having your hair styled in the latest fashion.

Karibunis is a training restaurant for our catering students. Open to the general public, it provides quality contemporary dining at an affordable price. It has the capacity for 70 people and serves food from around the world. Students are welcome to eat here; they also receive a 10% discount off the menu prices. Student award ceremonies and themed culinary events are regularly held in Karibunis.

Sport Facilities
Our fitness centre Urban Fitness accommodates 70 fitness stations and features a sauna and a steam room too. Monthly membership is £19.95 (discounted rates are available to Bournville College students). The extensive sports hall has courts suitable for basketball, netball, badminton and five-a-side football.

The Garage @ Bournville College
The Garage @ Bournville College is a brand new business specialising in car and motorbike servicing, repairs and MOTs. Experienced and friendly mechanics working at The Garage are able to provide expert service and advice, whatever your needs. The Garage also offers a unique opportunity for our students of motor vehicle maintenance to learn and practice their skills, under close supervision of staff working in The Garage.

  • The overall internal floor space of the campus is the equivalent of 20 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • As many as 318 people per day have been working on-site since the project began in November 2009
  • More than 32,747m2 of plasterboard have been used in the new college, equivalent in area to three Premiership football pitches
  • 34 glulam beams have been used in the Learning and Resource Centre, each weighing 5.5 tonnes and measuring 26 meters in length
  • Over 3,200m of fabric have been used in the college. This is the same length as 45 Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets
  • If all IT network cables used at the campus were joined together, they could go around the world three times
  • There are 736 internal doors in the college. When these are stood end-to-end this equates to 401 double decker buses positioned on top of each other
  • The lowest amount of waste generated and recycled during the project was 97% and the highest 100%
  • There are 4,000 chairs in the College which is equivalent to the amount of seats found on 10 Virgin Pendolino trains

‘This is great news for the College but even better news for the people of South West Birmingham. Everyone will benefit from our relocation. There has been a substantial lack of investment in this area and the College will be a catalyst for its revival, in terms of bringing jobs, training and education to the area. It’s a way out of recession for South West Birmingham.’

Principal, Bournville College

‘We have taken a major step forward in providing a new high quality education facility at Longbridge. Not only will the new Bournville College shape Birmingham’s learning environment, it will also form the first phase of the new Longbridge town centre and, therefore, represents a milestone in a new future for Longbridge.’

Mike Murray, Senior Development Manager, St Modwen

‘This project is inspirational on a number of levels. We were thrilled when we got the brief to design a 21st century college. The new Bournville College marks one of the first phases of the biggest regeneration scheme in the region.  It’s a building that will house up to 15,000 people and bring communities together. We will be working with the entire project and development team to ensure the delivery of a first rate building that will set a new standard for education in the UK.’

Salim Hussain, Lead Architect, Broadway Malyan

‘In the current climate, the new build will offer immediate benefits to the region such as jobs in construction but also in the long-term skills and education for generations to come.’

Jerry Blackett,
Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry

‘The construction of a new college at the Longbridge site is really important to boosting skills in the area and providing real opportunities for young – and not so young – people in the years to come.’

Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield

‘The relocation of Bournville College is central to kickstarting the early phases of the regeneration of Longbridge and this project will be the first breath of life for the whole area. Congratulations to all those involved.’

Councillor Neville Summerfield,
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Birmingham City Council

‘The new build will play a vital role in the £1billion regeneration project at Longbridge, providing a strong educational element to the employment led mixed-use development. In these trying and difficult times, it is vital that we invest in the future of our community, in the hope that they will continue to take this country from strength to strength.’

Karren Brady, West Ham Football Club, Vice-chairman

‘This is about putting education absolutely in the centre of enterprise and then using the traditions of Birmingham to inspire and grow. If you have knowledge and business linked together you will grow well, you go further down the innovative path and actually you create more and more jobs. Those jobs will only be available for people with skills but they will be real sustainable employments. That is how important innovation is.’

Lord Digby Jones Former Director General, CBI

‘This project is so important because it’s going to create an environment to inspire people. The RIBA believes that here in the UK we can design buildings and places that bring out the very best in people and motivate them. There is a real desire to see this project happen.’

Ruth Reed President, Royal Institute of British Architects

The new Bournville College is not only a magnificent building and a great landmark but a source of pride for Longbridge and its communities. The College will no doubt help provide the education, skills and confidence that is so desperately needed to uplift and develop the lives of so many living in Longbridge and surrounding areas.’

Dr Wakar Azmi OBE, Chairman & Managing Partner at Waterhouse Consulting Group


An event to celebrate the opening of the new £66 million Bournville College was held on Wednesday 26th October. The evening saw senior officials, local government delegates and over 500 VIP guests join with the staff of Bournville College to celebrate the launch of the £66 million campus which opened its doors this September.

The launch included speeches from Principal Norman Cave, Chair of Governors Howard Saycell and TV personality Chris Tarrant. The campus was declared officially open by a group of former MG Rover workers. VIPs were also able to admire an ice sculpture in the shape of the new campus, flash mob style dancing and a short film (below) on the history of Bournville College. The night concluded with a grand fireworks display.

Over 400 guests including senior officials, local government delegates, members of the local community and visitors from across the world joined Bournville College in a spectacular event to celebrate its centennial birthday. The event showcased the impressive history of the College but also marked a new era for Bournville College, unveiling its plans for the next decade.  

Roger Cadbury and Sir Albert Bore delivered speeches, praising the College on its achievements over the century, contributions to the wealth of the local community as well as kick-starting the regeneration of Longbridge. Norman Cave, Bournville College Principal thanked all stakeholders from the UK and across the globe for their continuous support and in honour of the guests, unveiled a map outlining the College’s international reach.

Mr Cave summarised: “In 1913 Bournville College began. One hundred years later Bournville College has remained true to its values. The foundations laid by George Cadbury will continue to permeate through this college in the future as it grows locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.”

The event also served as a platform to launch the Longbridge Public Art Project which enabled guests to experience lighting installations by Fête des Lumières from Lyon and local artists. A gallery of photos depicting the history of the College was created and was a nostalgic reminder of the College’s past. To celebrate the new era for the College, the event concluded with a breath-taking fireworks display.

Construction of the brand new £66 million Bournville College at Longbridge has reached an important milestone, with the College, developer St. Modwen and Shepherd Construction celebrating the topping out of the development.

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Seven people whose past is linked to the famous car plant, attended the event where they left a permanent mark on the steel that will soon become the new Bournville College.

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Watch the event below:

On 3rd December 2009, the College hosted the new build celebration evening in the ICC. The event included a presentation of a short film ‘Investing in Our Future’ a specifically invited audience of business, political, education and community leaders from Birmingham and the UK, giving them the passport into the future of Bournville College and the region.

Karren Brady, former CEO of Birmingham City FC who was the after-dinner speaker said: “I am delighted to be taking part in this momentous occasion in Bournville College’s history. This event is a perfect example of businesses, investors and members of the community combining resources and working together to make a brighter future for all.’

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The construction of the new £66m Bournville College started in November 2009, with the first two of three 30 metre-high cranes being moved onto site this week as contractor Shepherd Construction prepared to erect the structure’s steel frame.

The construction of the 250,000 sq ft college, on behalf of regeneration specialist St. Modwen, marks the first phase of the £100m town centre proposed for Longbridge North and is a major milestone in the £1 billion rejuvenation of Longbridge.

The new building, which has been designed by the Birmingham office of international design practice Broadway Malyan, will consolidate the College’s existing three campuses into one flagship educational establishment spanning six storeys.

Scheduled to complete in time for the new academic year in September 2011, Bournville College is expected to accommodate 15,000 students in both further and higher education.

The project team is working closely with St. Modwen, Advantage West Midlands, Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency to deliver the new College, which will be situated off the A38 Bristol Road South at the heart of the 468-acre former MG Rover car production plant.

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A prestigious event to mark the launch of Bournville College’s new campus in Longbridge took place on 21st May 2008 at the International Conference Centre. The launch event welcomed 150 guests from local and national businesses, community organisations, universities, Birmingham City Council and many more.

Norman Cave, Bournville College Principal, said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting this event and celebrating the launch of our new building with partners and guests from the region and beyond. The move is great news for everyone, especially the local community, who can look forward to a state-or-the-art and inspirational learning environment in a new South City Centre location. We are excited to be part of the ambitious plans for the regeneration of Longbridge, providing skills and knowledge required by businesses, local community, adults and young learners in a landmark 21st Century education facility.’

Watch the event below: