Plans revealed for £300m garden square development in Birmingham

A 10-acre site on a main route into Birmingham city centre is set to be transformed into a £300m mixed-use scheme, it has been revealed.

The 10.7-acre site lies to the west of the city centre along the A456 Hagley Road in Edgbaston.

The plans, which have been put forward for public consultation by Calthorpe Estates prior to a planning application being submitted in December, involve creating a mixed-use scheme around a garden square.

Dubbed New Garden Square, the scheme is a joint collaboration between Calthorpe Estates and regeneration specialist U+I, which has developed previous schemes in London, the south east, Manchester and Dublin.

The site, that starts next to the Plough and Harrow hotel, extends down to Five Ways Island towards Francis Road and back towards Duchess Road.

City-based Glenn Howells Architects has looked at replacing the existing, mainly vacant 1950s to 1980s office blocks with an attractive mixed-use scheme set around a high quality public realm with interlinked gardens.
The proposed mix includes new commercial and leisure space, new apartments, car parking and a  public garden centrepiece.

Should it receive planning consent, New Garden Square will be an extension of what was set out in The Big City Plan and is located close to planned transport improvements, with the Sprint due to start in 2018 and the Metro extension scheduled to stop nearby on Hagley Road by 2021.
The proposals are being revealed as part of the consultation process that will run from late October to early November with public consultation events taking place on Thursday October 27 between 12 noon-8pm and Tuesday 1 and Wednesday November 2 between 5-8.00pm at St George’s C of E Primary School, Beauford Road, Birmingham.
A planning application is anticipated to be submitted in December following feedback from the consultation sessions. The CBRE team in Birmingham is advising on the planning process.