The doors to the new Birmingham Conservatoire have been officially opened.
The £57million development at Birmingham City University boasts five new public performance areas, including a 500-seat concert hall.
Birmingham Conservatoire principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, said he believed the facility will be the “last ever” performing arts institution of its kind to be built in the UK.
“The new Birmingham Conservatoire emerges during a difficult time for arts funding and music education,” he said. “As a result, our role in training the world’s next great musicians and actors is more vital than ever.
“Personally, I don’t think there will be another built in the UK.
“Of course, a building is only as effective as the people inside it, and my team and I will continue our work to ensure that the future arts industry is not dominated by the wealthy elite.”
The new building also includes The Lab, a flexible black-box studio, and the first permanent jazz space in any UK conservatoire – the 80-seat Eastside Jazz Club.
Prof Lloyd Webber added: “We are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students in the next few weeks, as well as launching our public programme, which will formally commence with our opening season next year.”