Ar­chi­tects are called in to map out a new vi­sion for 300-year-old es­tate

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Re­porter

AR­CHI­TECTS have been com­mis­sioned to map out a vi­sion for the Calthorpe Es­tate over the next half a cen­tury.

Broad­way Malyan has been en­listed to de­velop a fresh vi­sion for the his­toric es­tate in Edg­bas­ton which will place res­i­den­tial and ed­u­ca­tion at its heart with a more mixed-use busi­ness com­mu­nity along­side med­i­cal, tourism and cul­tural.

The 1,580-acre es­tate has been in the own­er­ship of the An­strutherGough-Calthorpe fam­ily since 1717 and counts sport­ing venues such as Edg­bas­ton Sta­dium and Edg­bas­ton Pri­ory and the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens among its lo­ca­tions.

It is also home to more than three mil­lion sq ft of com­mer­cial of­fice space, in ad­di­tion to Peb­ble Mill, Edg­bas­ton Med­i­cal Quar­ter and the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham.

A key fo­cus of the new com­mis­sion is the area ear­marked for com­mer­cial use when mas­ter­planned in 1958 by renowned Birm­ing­ham ar­chi­tect John Madin, which stretches from Five Ways, along the Ha­gley Road and Bris­tol Road to the south of the univer­sity.

This in­cludes Madin’s Cham­ber of Com­merce build­ing, which was placed on sale by the cham­ber in 2014, and New Square Gar­den, a res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial pro­ject where de­mo­li­tion work has just started to bring down an old tower block.

Broad­way Malyan di­rec­tor James Rayner, who is lead­ing the pro­ject, said: “The aim was to de­velop a vi­sion that max­imised the es­tate’s po­ten­tial and place it at the heart of Birm­ing­ham’s suc­cess in the long term.

“With its rich mix of qual­ity of­fices, in­sti­tu­tions, the cen­tres of health­care and med­i­cal ex­cel­lence, plus the es­tate’s her­itage, recre­ation and pe­riod char­ac­ter hous­ing, there re­ally are very few places quite like the Calthorpe Es­tate and it is hard to over­state its im­por­tance to the fu­ture pros­per­ity and strength of Birm­ing­ham as a whole.

“The own­ers of Calthorpe Es­tate have been care­ful and dili­gent stew­ards over the years and have cre­ated a vi­brant mix of uses that have en­sured Edg­bas­ton’s sta­tus as the city’s best res­i­den­tial area, as well as a pop­u­lar com­mer­cial and leisure des­ti­na­tion.

“How­ever, they re­alise that, as the city and so­ci­ety in gen­eral evolves, so must they.

“As part of this pro­ject, we will look at a range of de­vel­op­ment sce­nar­ios in­clud­ing a more mixed-use busi­ness com­mu­nity, the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by med­i­cal, tourism and cul­tural uses and a fu­ture with res­i­den­tial and ed­u­ca­tion at its heart.

“This is with a view to cre­at­ing a vi­sion for a highly con­nected district that doesn’t just se­cure fu­ture suc­cess for the Calthorpe Es­tate but can also acts as a cat­a­lyst for pos­i­tive change across the wider city.”

Calthorpe Es­tates’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Lee added: “The es­tate has evolved sig­nif­i­cantly over the years.

“Edg­bas­ton went through a phase of de­vel­op­ment ap­pro­pri­ate to Bir- ming­ham’s ex­pan­sion in the 1960s. How­ever, the way peo­ple work is now chang­ing.

“We need to re­fresh our com­mer­cial cen­tre with a vi­sion that will con­trib­ute to Birm­ing­ham’s new­found vi­brancy and eco­nomic growth while main­tain­ing the spe­cial char­ac­ter and com­mu­nity that Edg­bas­ton has de­vel­oped since Sir Richard Gough first ac­quired the land over 300 years ago.

“We have com­mis­sioned Broad­way Malyan as a re­sult of their enor­mous in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign­ing ur­ban ex­ten­sions for cities glob­ally.

“Fur­ther­more, we wanted to de­velop a master­plan with am­bi­tions to help shape our minds and one which will see the es­tate thrive for the next 300 years.”

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From left, Ralph Minott, de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor of Calthorpe Es­tates; Mark Lee, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Calthorpe Es­tates; Ashish Gupta, ur­ban de­sign as­so­ciate of Broad­way Malyan; and Monika Bik, di­rec­tor of Broad­way Malyan

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