Regeneration becomes reality for £330m Edgbaston scheme as planners give go-ahead

Regeneration becomes reality for £330m New Garden Square scheme on the Calthorpe Estate as planners give go-ahead

Plans for Edgbaston’s hotly-anticipated New Garden Square regeneration scheme moved closer to being realised today, after gaining planning consent for over 165,000 (GIA) sq ft of office accommodation.

Birmingham City Council gave consent following a Reserved Matters application for the eight-storey building, forming the first phase of office development which, once completed, will provide approximately 500,000 sq ft of Grade A office space. This will sit alongside up to 400 residential apartments, 2,400 sq m of retail in the form of bars, restaurants and convenience stores and up to 900 car parking spaces.

New Garden Square brings together a partnership between the progressive property and development company, Calthorpe Estates, and U+I, specialists in major mixed-use regeneration projects across the UK and Ireland. The scheme design was created by the award-winning Glenn Howells Architects.

Commenting on the planners’ decision, Paul Patenall, Projects Director at U+I, 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. The impact of this landmark mixed-use scheme will be evident for generations to come.”

Ralph Minott, Director of Development at Calthorpe Estates, added: “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.

“Interest in this exciting and truly transformational development is understandably high, and we look forward to announcing further information shortly.”

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

Dav Bansal, Director at Glenn Howells Architects, concluded: “Developing ‘botanical’ workplaces where all users have access to garden space is key to the design. Office buildings will look out over a series of high-quality gardens and public squares at the heart of the development. This amenity extends into the fabric of each building through the provision of terraces and roof gardens, to bring the benefits directly to the occupants and enhance the working environment.’’

When complete, New Garden Square will occupy a 10.7-acre site, west of the city centre along the Hagley Road (A456), a main arterial route into Birmingham. The site is next to the Plough and Harrow and stretches down to Five Ways, towards Francis Road and back towards Duchess Road, where the skyline now looks decidedly clear after the demolition of the first office building within the regeneration; the mid-1970s-built Edgbaston House 20 storey tower block, which was completed in late 2018.

The development will be set around a new and magnificent 180m x 30m high quality public garden square, formed from a series of eclectic gardens and mature trees, fronted by the retained existing classic Grade II listed buildings along the Hagley Road.

New Garden Square will benefit from plans which will see the Metro extend up the Hagley Road, with a terminus stop opposite the scheme outside 54 Hagley Road. The new SPRINT network will also run in parallel with the Metro and continue along Hagley Road to Quinton.

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