GHA-designed plans for the regeneration of Martineau Galleries in Birmingham city centre have been released today by Hammerson, which also owns and manages Birmingham’s Bullring & Grand Central. Proposals for the 7.5 acre site include up to 1,300 homes, up to 1.4m sq ft of workspace for a range of businesses, a new city centre hotel, new shops, restaurants and cafes, a signature gateway to Birmingham from the proposed Curzon Street terminal, and high-quality public realm, including a new public square and boulevard.
Director Dav Bansal said:
“As masterplanners, we believe that the plans will unlock and reconnect this important part of the city, expanding its central business district, while also framing some of the local landmarks including the Rotunda. With new animated public spaces and streets, the masterplan builds on the city’s vision to become an exciting new destination for commercial headquarters, central city living and a thriving urban environment for visitors.”
Martineau Galleries is the first major scheme to be brought forward as part of Hammerson’s City Quarters concept which was announced last year, creating vibrant mixed-use neighbourhoods surrounding Hammerson’s existing flagship destinations. This will see Hammerson transform many of its city venues beyond pure retail into successful neighbourhoods providing homes, workspace and accessible public realm.
The site forms a significant part of Birmingham city centre, with strategic links to the wider area, including the High Street which links Martineau Galleries to the Bullring Estate. The plans will create a permeable neighbourhood that extends the High Street, and embraces key future connections, including train, tram and bus networks and the proposed Curzon Street HS2 station and metro extension, creating a natural flow through the city.
Approximately 2.5 acres of proposed masterplan will include pedestrian friendly and car free public space, with the new pedestrianised streets and the public plaza giving space for events as well as indoor and outdoor dining.
A landmark building, currently proposed at 35 storeys, forms a focal point at the centre of the masterplan. The building has also been designed to sit alongside other landmark developments proposed for this key regeneration area, which range up to 50 storeys. The other residential buildings range from 10 to 20 storeys and commercial plots range from 10 to 15 storeys responding to their location within the masterplan. The building heights have been carefully considered to relate to the existing buildings, whilst also acknowledging the importance and role of the site as a key gateway from Curzon Street Station.
Plans for the site, which currently includes Square Shopping Centre, King’s Parade and Dale End (High Street) car park, have been designed to continue Birmingham’s ambition for growth and further strengthen the city’s position as one of the leading centres for business, leisure and living in the UK. Approximately 350 full-time construction jobs will be created per year over the life of the demolition and construction phases of the project. Once completed, the development will provide around 8,000 new full-time jobs on site, across the office-space, restaurants, and cafes.
Robin Dobson, Development Director at Hammerson, said:
“We are pleased to share the plans for our first major City Quarters scheme for this strategically important site in the heart of the city. Martineau Galleries will be a new, vibrant neighbourhood in the centre of Birmingham, where we are already a long-term developer, owner and manager of assets, including the Bullring Estate. Hammerson has a strong track record of creating great destinations, not just in Birmingham but across Europe, and we look forward to finalising our masterplan, ahead of submission later this year.”
The public consultation will be run online and at the dedicated Martineau Galleries Consultation Hub, at The Square Shopping Centre, 100 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6SX, and will be open to the public on:
- Thursday 13 June: 2pm – 8pm
- Friday 14 June: 11am – 4pm
- Saturday 15 June: 11am – 4pm