Planning consent secured for New Garden Square regeneration scheme
Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has approved proposals for a £330 million regeneration development to redevelop a 9.5-acre site to the west of the city centre that sits along the Hagley Road (A456), a main arterial route into the city.
The scheme, New Garden Square, will be a mixed-use development that will transform an outdated, mainly vacant, commercial estate into a high quality, vibrant and accessible new destination in the commercial heart of Edgbaston.
The ambitious regeneration proposals will now be taken forward in partnership between Calthorpe Estates, the progressive property and development company, and U+I, specialists in major mixed-use regeneration projects across the UK.
The site is next to the Plough and Harrow on the Hagley Road and stretches down to Five Ways towards Francis Road and back towards Duchess Road. Demolition of the first office building, Edgbaston House, has started and is due to finish by the end of the year.
New Garden Square will be a new commercial led, mixed-use development providing up to 57,500 sq m (square metres) of new high quality office or R&D space, 2,400 sq m of retail space to accommodate bars, restaurants and convenience stores, up to 400 residential apartments, potential for a 100 bed-hotel, and 900 car parking spaces.
The development will be set around a significantly planned high quality public realm formed from an eclectic series of gardens and mature trees and will retain the existing Grade II listed buildings fronting the Hagley Road.
Paul Patenall, Director at U+I said:
“New Garden Square will provide a new destination in Birmingham at a main gateway to the city and within easy walking distance to Brindleyplace , Broadway Plaza and Edgbaston, including Five Ways station.
“It is an ambitious project that will widen opportunities for commerce and residential as Birmingham continues to grow and be a place where people want to live and work.”
Ralph Minott, Director of Development at Calthorpe Estates, added:
“Although now very tired and suffering serious obsolescence, this site was one of the early important concentrated office conurbations on this side of the city. As such, its regeneration as a transformational scheme for the future, aligned with the other major investments announced such as the metro extension to Five Ways, will be significant for the city’s Business Development Plan and to Edgbaston’s commercial centre for future generations.
“We are grateful for our partnership with Birmingham City Council, critical to the success of transformational schemes, not unlike Pebble Mill and Edgbaston Village, along with the vast experience of projects like this of our development partners U+I. These partnerships have culminated in an impressive development proposal that will bring new life to a site that, sadly now, most people drive past and do not know exists.
“Though we will replace the dominant and unsightly high-rise concrete 60s office blocks with sustainable and eye-catching attractive buildings, the new superb gardens will set an enviable destination, character and feature for the scheme, complementing the retained period properties on the Hagley Road, to be restored following advice from Historic England.”
New Garden Square will benefit from plans which will see the metro extend up the Hagley Road, with a stop scheduled opposite the scheme and via the new SPRINT due to start in 2018.
CBRE’s national planning and development team in Birmingham advised on the planning application and Glenn Howells Architects created the scheme design.
The partnership will now work to deliver New Garden Square, which will provide jobs during construction and many more employment opportunities in the longer term for the city.
Calthorpe Estates’ knowledge of the area and reputation for delivering high quality schemes is matched by U+I’s track record of creating vibrant destinations across the UK. In recent years U+I has been behind many landmark developments, such as the development of 1.7 million square feet of mixed-use space at Paddington Central in London. In addition, U+I has been appointed to develop the £850 million Mayfield Quarter urban regeneration project in Manchester.
Both organisations share the vision for New Square Gardens and are aligned in their objectives to deliver an exceptional scheme working with Birmingham City Council.