GALLERY: Vision for new £9.5m music institute revealed

By Jordan Reynolds | Brierley Hill | Education | Published:

The first artist’s impressions of how the Black Country’s new £9.5 million music institute Resonance could look have been released.

How the inside of the institute will look

The former office building Cable Plaza on The Waterfront at Brierley Hill, will be transformed into a modern music institute.

The iconic spiral staircase is retained in the new design

Resonance will be a one-of-a-kind institute for popular music in the Black Country and will offer degrees for students seeking a career in a range of music industries.

With a mixture of classrooms, lecture theatres, recording studios, practice rooms and radio studios being fitted at Cable Plaza, which has lay empty for eight years.

These new impressions show conceptual images of what students could expect to see when it opens in September 2020.

David Barnard, co-director at Resonance, said: “We’ll be providing first-class teaching to students who enrol at Resonance and we need the building they study in to reflect that.

This CGI image show how an inspirational message to make music dominates the main area of the building

“We’re absolutely delighted with the look and feel that Overbury has pulled together and we can’t wait to see them bring it to life. This is going to be an excellent institute. One of the best in the country.”


The £9.5 million project is not exclusively for students and it is hoped it will become a vital community music hub. Musicians and organisations from across the region will be encouraged to make full use of the state-of-the-art facilities on offer.

Students will enjoy and ultra-modern design
Students will enjoy and ultra-modern design

“We want musicians from across Dudley and the West Midlands to be excited to come to Resonance and feel they are part of something special when they are here,” added David.


“We want to be involved with and benefit the community we are based in. In fact we see this as an essential part of what we are doing here.”

Andrew Wood, managing director at Overbury, the refurbishment specialist which has been appointed to oversee its transformation, said: “Resonance is a fantastic addition to the West Midlands and is a project we’re proud to be working on.

"We can already start to see it coming together and taking shape and it’s going to look fantastic when we are finished.”

From left is chairman of Resonance Chris Cronin, co-director of Resonance David Barnard, co-director Rick Benton, project manager at Turner and Townsend Harmesh Gangar and Hayden Whitehead Project Manager Overbury

Describing the artists’ impressions, Andrew added: “We’ll be keeping the iconic spiral staircase, we’ll be filling the walls with music history, famous quotes, instruments, artwork and more.

“This will mean students are surrounded by music everywhere they go which will help immerse them in the subject they are studying.”

The building is set for completion at the end of this year and will be welcome students for open days and auditions in 2020. Classes will start that September.

To find out more, email or search ‘Resonance Education’ on social media.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.


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