Plans afoot for shelved Martineau Galleries development

Martineau Galleries, the ill-fated Birmingham city centre development, may be getting a new lease of life.

Plans are afoot for a “comprehensive” redevelopment of the site, which would involve the demolition of all buildings and structures within the site according to an environmental report submitted to Birmingham City Council.

At this early stage, consultants Turley are looking at delivering 1,300 residential units, up to 400 hotel rooms, and 130,000 sq m of office floorspace.

As plans develop, the project team of the Martineau Galleries Limited Partnership will look to develop 255,000 sq m (around 2.74 million sq ft) of floorspace, which will include commercial, residential, retail and leisure sites. Early plans also include 450 parking spots.

The scheme has not yet been submitted for approval, but involves the area of land bound by the Priory Queensway to the north, and Albert, New Meeting and Bull Streets to the south.

It is anticipated that the planning application will be submitted in summer 2019. If this timeline works out, permission could be granted in late 2019, with construction starting in 2021 and a completion date in 2038.

The Martineau Galleries development has faced a series of setbacks, and stalled during the recession.

Hammerson part-owned the site in a joint venture with Land Securities and Phoenix Group Holdings, before buying it outright in 2015.