Double appointment for UK Central Solihull UGC

  • Team bolstered as it moves towards delivery
  • Plans to create a world-class, globally-connected destination

UK Central Solihull Urban Growth Company (UGC) has appointed Philip Farrell as Development Director and Claire Barker as Head of Communications and Engagement. 

Philip Farrell, who joins from Jones Lang LaSalle in Birmingham, will be responsible for land acquisition, master-planning, land value capture, business case development and infrastructure delivery.  

Claire Barker, who was previously at Marketing Birmingham, will lead the UGC’s communications activity and manage stakeholder engagement work across the wider UK Central programme.     

Huw Rhys Lewis, Managing Director of UK Central UGC, welcomed the appointments.  He said: 

“Having recently published the Growth & Infrastructure Plan for the UK Central Hub – the site which will be home to the first HS2 station outside London – we’re now moving towards delivery. 

“The arrival of HS2 represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world-class, globally-connected destination with major development and investment opportunities. 

“Both Philip and Claire have worked extensively on HS2-related projects so bring invaluable expertise with them.  As part of the wider UGC team, they’ll be working with private and public sector partners and landowners, building support and driving infrastructure investment to maximise the full potential of the site.”  

The Hub Growth & Infrastructure Plan highlights the potential of the area to create 77,500 jobs, develop 775,000 sq m of commercial floor space, up to 4,000 new homes and generate up to £4.1bn in GVA per annum.

The UK Central Hub is seen as one of the country’s most strategically important development sites and one of the major drivers of economic growth in the Midlands.  As well as being the location of the new HS2 Interchange station, the site is already home to Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and the Arden Cross site. 

The ambition is to create one of the best-connected commercial, industrial and residential zones in the UK with unrivalled rail, road and air links, facilitated by the UGC with wider support from local, regional and central Government.    

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