Moda Living unveils plans for 1,600-home ‘urban community’

Developer Moda Living has revealed plans to develop an 11-acre ‘urban community’ in Edgbaston.

New Garden Square will comprise 1,600 homes as well as £6m worth of public realm as part of its ‘Moda Masterplan’.

As it topped out the first phase of the scheme, where Moda is currently delivering 392 build-to-rent homes alongside landowner Calthorpe Estate, it revealed its Masterplan to create a one-acre central park, along with the new homes, retail, cafes, restaurants, leisure space and workspace.

With final designs to be confirmed and submitted for planning, the masterplan’s 1,600 new homes will span a range of tenures and price points as it aims to build a multi-generational, diverse community.

Homes will also available onsite at Discounted Market Rent as part of New Garden Square’s inclusive residential offering.

Moda Living has so far committed more than £600m to developments in the city, with Moda, The Mercian, New Garden Square Phase I and Great Charles Street.

Tony Brooks, managing director at Moda Living, said: “This strategy will facilitate delivery of state-of-the-art future-planned infrastructure, thousands of much needed energy efficient homes and smart buildings targeting net zero operations, geared towards delivering meaningful social impact.”

“’New Garden Square’ is an outstanding opportunity for us to launch this new strategy for the Moda business within a vibrant, exciting part of this city that we love. We look forward to working with Calthorpe Estates, the local community and our investors and stakeholders and Birmingham City Council to design and deliver something that is transformational not just for Edgbaston or Birmingham but the wider Midlands region.”

Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness at Birmingham City Council, said: “As Our Future City Framework makes clear, Birmingham is a city on the up and we are keen to work with partners that have a track record for delivering meaningful community engagement and, ultimately, creating fantastic new places that benefit the city.

“The masterplan at ‘New Garden Square’ is a hugely exciting continuation of the work we have done with Moda Living to date. In particular, the work Moda Living has already done in the city around skills, training and development has set a new benchmark for development in the West Midlands, and I’m excited to see what they can do with this work on this amplified new scale.”

Haydn Cooper, Chief Executive of Calthorpe Estates said: “Edgbaston is a vibrant and evolving city district which will be further enhanced by this mixed use regeneration providing new future-enabled homes.

“We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Moda to further our objective of creating exceptional places. This site was last developed for commercial use over 50 years ago so we are looking forward to working with Moda on a masterplan which is exceptional, sustainable, connected and integrated into the wider Edgbaston community.”

Moda Living will now take plans for the site forwards, with initial plans expected to be submitted to Birmingham City Council before the end of this year.

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