Plans in for Lendlease £1.9bn Birmingham Smithfield scheme

Aaron Morby 1 year ago

Lendlease has submitted plans for the massive £1.9bn redevelopment of the Smithfield Market site in Birmingham city centre.

Festival Square will be a new public square for Birmingham
Festival Square will be a new public square for Birmingham

The hybrid planning application sets out plans for 3,500 homes in the area alongside nearly 1.3m sq ft of shops and workspace.

More than 50 new buildings form part of the masterplan drawn up by architect Prior + Partners, along with a flight of other architects working up detailed building plans in phase one.

Plans include two public squares – Festival Square and Market Square – that will form a new connection between the Bull Ring, Digbeth and the Chinese Quarter.

Masterplan indicating building heights and use

Joint venture partner and landowner Birmingham City Council named Lendlease as development partner in 2018 for the 10-year plan to transform the 17ha site brownfield site at a key location in the city centre.

Subject to approval, enabling work on the site could commence this year, with the construction of first phase buildings due to start by the end of 2024 for occupation in 2028.

The detailed element of the project accounts for around a third of the overall planned Birmingham Smithfield scheme.

Detailed proposals submitted for phase one

Plot 1d:  Over 400 flats in blocks on plot 1 on the border of Bradford and Barford Street

Plot 3a: Around 330,000 sq ft of offices and work space in new ‘Ariel’ building

Plot 4a: 140 flats plus pub, restaurants and leisure

Plot 5a,b,c: New market and workspace complex that will provide around 130,000 sq ft of space

Phase 1 plots around central Festival Square area

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