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New Garden Square development

December 13, 2018

Plans for a £300m regeneration development in Edgbaston, Birmingham, moved one step closer to launch with the submission of a Phase 1 Reserved Matters application. New Garden Square brings together a partnership between the property and development company, Calthorpe Estates, and specialists in major mixed-use regeneration projects across the UK, U+I.

The GHA-designed 4.3 hectare scheme incorporates office space, up to 400 residential apartments, and up to 2,400 sq m of retail space to accommodate bars, restaurants and convenience stores, along with the potential for a 100-bed hotel, and 900 car parking spaces. Sitting alongside one of Birmingham’s major arterial routes, the Hagley Road, the buildings will be set around a high quality garden square public realm, formed from a series of eclectic gardens and mature trees.

Dav Bansal, Director, said “Sitting at the heart of the New Garden Square development, NGS 1 is the first commercial offer that will set the benchmark for this new destination in the west end of Birmingham. It serves as a ‘welcome’ building to the urban garden setting and is a contemporary yet modest ‘pavilion-like’ design. The central organisation of the core allows for all sides to provide extensive uninterrupted views out, in particular to its south facing aspect of the garden square. This primary 8-storey frontage also encapsulates a series of elevated terraces, which help to bring the garden setting to each working floor. They will not only provide a great outlook but also a meaningful amenity space for the staff and visitors.

The desire for a collection of buildings with a contemporary language is to contrast with the predominance of masonry facades in the local context and the striking combination of metal crafted facades with generous glazing creates a well-proportioned composition. On NGS 1, this dark metal overcoat hangs on an exposed concrete structure that elegantly reveals itself as a colonnade to emphasise the base. The sharp detailing to the metalwork and depth of the articulated fins is a strong yet delicate aesthetic. This metal veil also provides a parapet to the roof garden and enclosure to the double-height garden terraces. The tall colonnade welcomes you into a generous reception and lounge area with the opportunity for a food and beverage use to spill out onto the gardens as part of the wider animated edge to the masterplan vision. With its prominent location as the first impression to New Garden Square, we believe NGS 1 will become an exemplar that sets the standard of design quality and an attractive setting to the new welcome plaza.”

Paul Patenall, Projects Director at U+I, said: “Today is a significant step in making New Garden Square a reality. Our plans are for a commercial-led, mixed-use development, which will provide approximately 57,500 sq m of Grade A office space. This will extend the city core and create a new business destination which will attract significant investment and generate jobs; its impact will be significant for the city’s Business Development Plan and to Edgbaston’s commercial centre for future generations. To mark this next phase, we have produced a number of new CGIs to bring to life the first phase office development, as well as the surrounding masterplan it will sit within.”

Ralph Minott, Director of Development at Calthorpe Estates, added: “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.”

New Garden Square will benefit from plans which will see the metro extend up the Hagley Road, with a terminus stop opposite the scheme outside 54 Hagley Road. The new SPRINT network will also run in parallel with the metro and continue along Hagley Road to Quinton.