Property lunch: From a Tea Factory to the home of the BBC

Construction of state-of-the-art headquarters for the BBC is underway in Digbeth, on the site of the almost 100-year-old Typhoo Tea factory.

Join Gerard Ludlow, director of Stoford and Hayley Valentine, head of the Midlands at the BBC, on June 27 at Fazeley Studios, to hear about the development of what will be known as The Tea Factory and what it will mean for the region.

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Gerard Ludlow, Director, Stoford

Hayley Valentine, Head of the Midlands, BBC

Hear how the Stoford is developing the 84,001 sq ft custom-built centre, to keep the historic legacy of the almost 100-year-old factory but also deliver a pioneering scheme using low carbon principles.

The BBC is expected to move to The Tea Factory in 2026 and the new site, set to be the BBC’s most sustainable and flexible centre, will become the home of BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM, The Archers, BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat and Asian Network News.

It forms part of the BBC’s commitment to do more in the Midlands and turbocharge Digbeth into the city’s creative hub.

Stoford is working with The Gooch Estate, Glenn Howells Architects, Turley and several public sector partners to deliver the development and to prepare a vision for the wider area, which will be served by multiple public transport connections, including a new tram top, HS2’s Curzon Street terminus, and the existing Birmingham coach and Moor Street railway stations.

BAM Construction is the appointed contractor to deliver the scheme, which is majority-funded by Aviva Investors on behalf of its Lime Property Fund, with a grant from Birmingham City Council.

Over the next decade, Stoford plans to deliver up to 800,000 sq ft of new residential, office and hospitality accommodation around the new BBC. The wider scheme will see more than 10 acres of underutilised land around Typhoo Wharf and the adjoining canal basin transformed into a new mixed-use neighbourhood.

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