Lendlease reveals architects for Smithfield Birmingham

The company behind the major regeneration of Smithfield Birmingham have announced the architects for the scheme.

They will work together with market traders, local communities and businesses to design homes, workspaces and leisure and commercial spaces across the 17 hectare city-centre site.

Alongside masterplanners Prior+Partners and David Kohn Architects, which was appointed to design a new home for the historic Birmingham markets following an international design competition, the architects appointed for the first phase of the project include:

dRMM and Intervention Architecture
Haworth Tompkins and Minesh Patel Architects
RCKa and Intervention Architecture

Birmingham-based Eastside Projects is also working in partnership with the teams, and is currently engaging with market traders and customers to help inform designs for the new market.

James Amos, development director at Lendlease, said: “Our chosen team of architects brings a fantastic blend of creativity, local talent and experience, alongside a clear commitment to sustainability.

“The design team is now developing initial proposals and in March we will begin formal consultation on the masterplan with local people, market traders and stakeholders to gather feedback on our ideas and help shape the best possible vision for Smithfield.”

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Smithfield Birmingham is a real once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new community in the heart of our city – and we are really excited to be working with Lendlease Europe, who have an internationally proven track record for bringing forward major developments like this.

“This £1.9bn development means jobs, homes and opportunities for people across this city and Smithfield Birmingham will become a shining example of inclusive economic growth that will create a real legacy in the heart of Birmingham. We’re keen that this scheme also celebrates our heritage and the historic Bull Ring Markets will be central to this development.”

Consultation on the Lendlease masterplan will start in March.

Smithfield will be a dynamic place with something for everyone.  At the heart of this is a festival square and cultural quarter that will allow Birmingham’s musical and artistic communities to come together and put on live performances for all ages.

Plans include business and leisure space, hotels, cafés, restaurants and bars, helping to create a range of new employment and training opportunities including an estimated 8,000 jobs.

The plans also include space for more than 3,000 homes, supported by a range of community facilities and Smithfield Park.

Following consultation with the local community, a planning application for the masterplan and phase one will be submitted to Birmingham City Council.