More plans for new Birmingham business hub near city centre
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