Hammerson seeks approval for Martineau Galleries regeneration scheme in Birmingham

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

British property development and investment company Hammerson has submitted a planning application to the Birmingham City Council for the regeneration of its Martineau Galleries site in Birmingham.

Said to be the first major scheme put forward as part of Hammerson’s City Quarters concept, the plan involves regeneration of the 7.5-acre Martineau Galleries site, which currently includes the Square Shopping Centre, Dale End car park and 1-7 Dale End.

Upon completion, the site will include new homes, for rent and purchase, as well as up to 1.4m ft² of workspace. It will also feature a new city centre hotel, restaurants and cafes.

EPR Architects has designed the plan for the site.

The regeneration forms part of Hammerson’s City Quarters concept, which creates vibrant mixed-use neighbourhoods surrounding its existing flagship destinations in locations around the UK and Ireland.

Hammerson, which owns and manages Bullring & Grand Central, said that the City Quarters will create mixed-use neighbourhoods to deliver homes, workspace, leisure, cultural and educational space.

Expected to create 8,000 full-time jobs on-site, the regeneration of Martineau Galleries will deliver 1,300 new homes; 110,000 overnight stays per year at a new hotel; public areas, including a new public square and boulevard; a £225m boost to Birmingham’s economy; and a signature gateway to Birmingham adjacent to Curzon Street station.

Additionally, the development is expected to create 350 full-time construction jobs per year over the life of the demolition and construction phases.

Hammerson UK development and project management director Robin Dobson said: “Submitting our planning application for this strategic site in Birmingham represents a significant step forward for our City Quarters concept.

“City Quarters is all about creating thriving, mixed-use environments where people can live, work and relax in exceptional neighbourhoods, adjacent to our flagship destinations.

“Hammerson has a strong track record of delivering the places where people want to be, and this expertise will be applied to our City Quarters developments to create exciting, vibrant spaces in the UK’s very best cities.”

Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in 2022.

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Image: Illustration of Martineau Galleries mixed-use scheme in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Hammerson plc.

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