Calthorpe, U+I secure planning approval for £330m mixed-use scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 18 Mar 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based property and development company Calthorpe Estates and mixed-use regeneration projects specialist U+I have secured planning permission from Birmingham City Council for the £330m New Garden Square regeneration scheme in Edgbaston.

The scheme, to be known as NGS One, will provide more than 165,000ft² of office space.

The council granted approval following a reserved matters application for the eight-storey building, which forms the first phase of office development, which will provide nearly 500,000ft² of Grade A office space after completion.

The project will also provide up to 400 residential apartments, 2,400m² of retail space in the form of bars, restaurants and convenience stores and up to 900 car parking spaces.

New Garden Square, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, will be developed in partnership between Calthorpe Estates and U+I.

U+I projects director Paul Patenall said: “Today is a momentous decision for the future of Edgbaston. We are thrilled that Birmingham City Council’s planning team share our vision for New Garden Square, and are excited to see our carefully crafted plans become reality.

“Not only will New Garden Square extend the city’s core and create a new business destination, it will also attract significant investment and generate jobs.”

New Garden Square will be constructed on a 10.7-acre site, west of the city centre along the Hagley Road (A456), a main arterial leading to Birmingham.

The site is adjacent to the Plough and Harrow and stretches to Five Ways, towards Francis Road and back towards Duchess Road, where the demolition of the first office building within the regeneration, the mid-1970s-built Edgbaston House 20-storey tower block, was completed in late 2018.

The development will be set around a new 180mx30m public garden square, fronted by the retained Grade II listed buildings along the Hagley Road.

New Garden Square is also expected to benefit from the planned extension of the Metro up the Hagley Road, with a terminus stop opposite the scheme outside 54 Hagley Road.

The SPRINT network will also run in parallel with the Metro and continue along Hagley Road to Quinton.

Calthorpe Estates director of development Ralph Minott said: “Receiving approval on our Reserved Matters application is a significant milestone in securing the future of New Garden Square and our vision to create living spaces within a dynamic mixed-use environment.

“As a result, we can now finalise our advanced discussions with a number of potential funding partners, with a view to progressing work on the scheme in the near future.”

Colliers is leading the search for a funding partner for the commercial phases of New Garden Square. CBRE and Highgate Land and Development are leading the residential element.

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Image: Rendering of New Garden Square regeneration scheme in Edgbaston. Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Howells Architects.

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