Developer HUB has been given the go-ahead for a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham
In a joint application with National Express, HUB will deliver a mixed-use regeneration scheme which will create a new live/work destination for the city.
The masterplan, by architects shedkm, will bring up to 2,000 new homes to the area including homes for sale, homes for rent and student accommodation.
The new homes, creative workspace and a diverse mix of leisure and retail amenities will be linked by over 2 acres of public realm.
The regeneration scheme will open up 200 metres of previously inaccessible canal frontage.
HUB’s proposals are the first in a series of large planning applications that are seeking permission within Digbeth.
HUB has developed the scheme in collaboration with the local community, ensuring an outcome that works for both current and future residents and users.
The site is less than 15-minutes’ walk from Birmingham city centre and will benefit from connectivity via the Midland Metro Alliance tram east extension and the new HS2 station at Curzon Street, which is now under construction.
Supporting the area’s long-term evolution
Damien Sharkey, managing director at HUB, said: “Digbeth is a historic neighbourhood with a long industrial heritage that is now fast emerging as one of the UK’s most creative and lively places.
“We have worked very closely with the local authority, local community and other stakeholders over the past two years to ensure that our plans fully support the area’s long-term evolution, and we are excited to be moving forward with our first project in Birmingham.”
Adam Cook, UK property director at National Express, commented: “We’re pleased to see the approval of this joint application, which represents a fantastic opportunity to support the regeneration of Digbeth in alignment with the National Express environment and property strategy to move to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2030.
“This new development provides Digbeth with an exciting and vibrant destination and will allow our relocation to new efficient purpose-built facilities outside of the city centre.”
Hazel Rounding, director at shedkm, added: “shedkm have thoroughly enjoyed working in a collaborative manner with client, local authority and stakeholders of adjoining schemes on this significant vision for the future of Digbeth.
“We look forward to delivering a bold, characterful and thriving neighbourhood that breathes new life into the area as a crucial piece of urban regeneration.”