More plans for new Birm­ing­ham busi­ness hub near city cen­tre

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

PLANS to cre­ate a £300 mil­lion gar­den square in the heart of Birm­ing­ham have been re­vealed.

New artist’s im­pres­sions show the scale and am­bi­tion of the mas­sive of­fice and res­i­den­tial re­de­vel­op­ment in Ha­gley Road, Edg­bas­ton, near Five Ways.

Landowner Calthorpe Es­tates is lead­ing the New Gar­den Square pro­ject, which will in­clude up to 400 apart­ments, of­fice space and pub­lic realm. There will also be bars, restau­rants and stores along with the po­ten­tial for a 100-bed ho­tel and large car park­ing spa­ces.

The new de­signs have been un­veiled as a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted to Birm­ing­ham City Coun- cil for the 11-acre site.

U+I, a spe­cial­ist in ma­jor mixe­duse re­gen­er­a­tion pro­jects across the UK and Ire­land, and Birm­ing­ham prac­tice Glenn How­ells Ar­chi­tects are also work­ing on the scheme. of­fice el­e­ment on the

The de­vel­op­ment site stretches down to­wards Five Ways is­land and is bounded by Fran­cis Road and Duchess Road.

Paul Pate­nall, pro­jects di­rec­tor at U+I, said: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant step in mak­ing New Gar­den Square a re­al­ity.

“Our plans are for a com­mer­cialled, mixed-use de­vel­op­ment, which will pro­vide ap­prox­i­mately 500,000 sq ft of grade A of­fice space.

“This will ex­tend the city core and cre­ate a new busi­ness des­ti­na­tion which will at­tract sig­nif­i­cant in­vest- ment and gen­er­ate jobs. Its im­pact will be sig­nif­i­cant for the city’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment plan and for Edg­bas­ton and its com­mu­nity for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Edg­bas­ton House, a 1970s of­fice block on the site, was de­mol­ished ear­lier this year and the pro­ject will be op­po­site a new stop on the ex­tended Mid­land Metro line.

Ralph Minott, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment at Calthorpe Es­tates, added: “We are well ad­vanced with the bid­ding process for the res­i­den­tial el­e­ment and con­ver­sa­tions are pro­gress­ing with po­ten­tial fund­ing part­ners for the of­fice el­e­ment of this size­able, am­bi­tious scheme.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing and truly trans­for­ma­tional de­vel­op­ment that will see the re­gen­er­a­tion of a first gen­er­a­tion 1960s com­mer­cial of­fices site into a new, mixed-use scheme.”

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of the New Gar­den Square de­vel­op­ment in Ha­gley Road, Edg­bas­ton

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