Plans submitted for next phase of regeneration of Birmingham City (UK)

The Birmingham Alliance has submitted an outline planning application to Birmingham City Council for the next phase of regeneration of Birmingham city centre. If plans are approved, Martineau Galleries will become a catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the east side of the city, transforming a 5.5 hectare site between Corporation Street, Masshouse, High Street, Moor Street Queensway and the Priory Queensway with up to 266,000 m2 of mixed use space.

The Martineau Galleries scheme will include a mix of offices, residential, leisure space and up to 60,000 m2 of gross lettable retail together with subterranean car parking. It will be landscaped to include airy, open streets and squares and benefit from public spaces and public art.

Bob De Barr, Development Director for the Birmingham Alliance, said, "Our planning application is being submitted just weeks after Birmingham received the 'European City of the Future Award'. We believe that our plans for Martineau Galleries endorse that Award and are a natural next step for the ongoing regeneration of this visionary city."

When finished, Martineau Galleries will help complete the redevelopment of the east side of Birmingham city centre and will neighbour the Masshouse development, currently under construction, and the city's new learning, technology and commercial quarter in Eastside.

Neil Varnham, Birmingham Alliance Director, commented, "The scheme, like Bullring before it, will make a significant difference to the city. Martineau Galleries will build upon the facilities, accommodation and retailers already present in Birmingham and provide a much improved environment and critical link for the east side of the city."

Birmingham Alliance Director Jon Emery added, "The positive impact of Bullring on Birmingham is immense – since its opening, the City has leapt from being the 13th most important retail centre in the UK to 3rd. The Alliance's involvement has played a key role in
Birmingham's renaissance, which will continue into the next decade with the development of Martineau Galleries."

The Alliance has consulted with a range of stakeholders in the preparation of the outline planning application and will continue to do so in conjunction with the Birmingham City Council.

Source: Land Securities

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