BCC retail park

Birmingham City Council, UK, has approved a new mixed-use development at Selly Oak, West Midlands.

The project is being developed by Harvest Partnership, a joint venture between Land Securities and Sainsbury’s.

It involves construction of a new retail park and a 18-storey student halls complex at the regenerated site, which previously housed a metal working factory.

Several local residents and businesses have raised concerns on the project, claiming that it will result in the creation of a physical block between the new retail park and the existing Selly Oak shopping district.

Land Securities development director Chris Fleetwood said: "We’re delighted to have received planning approval for the detailed design of key elements of the scheme.

"The key themes of the development remain mostly unchanged, but the design of certain aspects has rightly evolved, taking into account feedback from consultees.

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"With the remediation of the Battery site well underway, we are now looking forward to making a start on construction in 2016."

P.J. Carey (Contractors) has been undertaking decontamination work on the battery park site for the past 18 months.

The proposed construction will span across 70,000ft² of land area and comprise a restaurant with undercroft parking.

"With the remediation of the Battery site well underway, we are now looking forward to making a start on construction in 2016."

Plans also include parking for 860 cars by the terrace of shops at the retail park; and a footbridge over the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The new student accommodation block, however, will have a slightly smaller footprint than originally planned.

Designs for the development also include 20 bays for secured bicycle parking and a corridor for a possible future cycle route from Selly Oak Park to Lapal.

The retail-focused development, however, only covers the 30 acre site partially. The northern section of the battery site near the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital is expected to house the Birmingham City Council-led ‘Life Sciences Campus’ development, which awaits separate planning application.

Image: The new Sainsbury’s will incorporate a restaurant, with undercroft parking. Photo: courtesy of Association for Consultancy and Engineering.