News reaches me from a trusted source that the UCE campus at Margaret Street (map), which houses the Art department of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, is to close and the classes relocate.
The Wikipedia entry for the building tells us it was purpose built for the Birmingham School of Art in 1885 and has served as an art school ever since. UCE themselves describe it as “filled with light, airy studios ideal for the students based here.”
Speculation is, of course, just speculation but I suspect a combination of high property values and a desire to consolidate UCE in Eastside might come into play here. Whatever the reasons, good or bad, it’ll be a shame when after over 120 years the building stops being used for art.