£500m development plan for Birmingham Smithfield

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
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Birmingham City Council has unveiled details of plans to regenerate a swathe of prime city centre land.

A new Festival Square will form the focal point of the Birmingham Smithfield development
A new Festival Square will form the focal point of the Birmingham Smithfield development

The council hopes to attract major investment to deliver the proposed £500m Birmingham Smithfield redevelopment plan over 10 years.

It has earmarked developments totalling over 3m sq ft of commercial floorspace and 2,000 new homes alongside a series of new squares, parks and gardens.

A new document was published today setting out details of a major new public space at the heart of Smithfield called Festival Square, which will include new cultural buildings, restaurants and leisure space.

The 14 hectares development will also create new indoor markets and pedestrian boulevards.

Birmingham Smithfield Festival-Sq

Ambitious 3m sq ft Birmingham Smithfield plan launched to investors and developers at MIPIM

Plans are due to go out to an eight-week public consultation next week.

Councillor John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is experiencing an unprecedented period of change as billions of pounds of investment transform the city’s economy.

“And, with 3,000 new jobs and 2,000 new homes, Birmingham Smithfield puts people right at the heart of an exciting project that will in turn transform lives.”

Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, added: “The site’s status as part of the City Centre Enterprise Zone will bring added impetus and over £40m of funding has already been committed to supporting the delivery of these plans.

“The LEP is absolutely behind realising huge opportunities such as Birmingham Smithfield that will drive long-term economic growth and prosperity.”

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