Elsewhere in city Associated wins feasibility study on council complex

A proposed £330m regeneration scheme to develop a 9.5 acre site to the west of Birmingham city centre has been approved by the local council.

A partnership between Calthorpe Estates and regeneration group U+I will work together on the proposals, designed by local firm Glenn Howells Architects, which will see a new mixed-use development go up called New Gardens Square.

The site (pictured) will feature up to 57,500sq m of new office space, 2,400sq m of retail, up to 400 apartments, a 100-bed hotel and a car park for 900 vehicles.

However the scheme, which fronts Hagley Road, will also require the demolition of three low-rise office buildings designed by Birmingham postwar architectural mainstay John Madin - one of which housed his practice.

Calthorpe’s development director Ralph Minott said: “Although now very tired and suffering serious obsolescence, this site was one of the early important concentrated office conurbations on this side of the city.

“As such, its regeneration as a transformational scheme for the future, aligned with the other major investments announced such as the metro extension to Five Ways, will be significant for the city’s Business Development Plan and to Edgbaston’s commercial centre for future generations.”


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Glenn Howells’ plans for New Garden Square include apartments and offices


Elsewhere in the city, a design team led Associated Architects has been appointed to undertake a feasibility study for the modernisation of the city’s grade II-listed Council House complex, parts of which date back to 1879, and the redevelopment of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

The final report is due in June next year.

Birmingham Council House and art gallery

Birmingham Council House and art gallery