Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has approved proposals for a £330m scheme to redevelop a 9.5-acre site to the west of Birmingham city centre.
New Garden Square, developed in a partnership between Calthorpe Estates and U+I, will be a new commercial led, mixed-use development providing up to 57,500 sq m of new high quality office and R&D space, 2,400 sq m of retail space, up to 400 residential apartments, potential for a 100-bed hotel and 900 car parking spaces. The development will be set around 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.
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.”
Paul Patenall, Director at U+I said: “New Garden Square will provide a new destination in Birmingham. 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.”
The partnership will now work to deliver the project, which will provide jobs during construction and many more employment opportunities in the longer term for the city.