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Birmingham announces partner for Smithfield development

Words: Laura Edgar
Birmingham Smithfield CGI / Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council has announced Lendlease as its development partner to deliver its plans for the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site.

Lendlease and the city centre will form a contractual joint venture, with the property and infrastructure development company leading the project.

The redevelopment includes a new home for the city’s Bull Ring retail markets, a leisure and cultural offer, a new public square, integrated public transport and more than 2,000 homes.

It forms part of the Big City Plan, which was launched in 2010. It sets out a 25-year vision to grow the city centre by more than 25 per cent.

Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The delivery of Birmingham Smithfield will be a major boost for Birmingham. With the new cultural and leisure attractions, the public realm, new homes and retail markets the development will appeal to both national and international audiences. Alongside these fantastic new facilities, the development will also deliver substantial benefits for the people of Birmingham. Lendlease have committed to invest in the local community and create thousands of new jobs and training opportunities. This scheme will create a legacy for the citizens of Birmingham and become an exemplar for inclusive economic growth.”

The site is adjacent to the Bullring shopping centre and New Street Station. The new HS2 city centre terminus station will be a 10-minute walk away once it opens in 2026. The redevelopment of the area is expected to take 15 years to complete. The first phase of the scheme includes new homes, the new retail markets building and public realm.

Lendlease was selected following an Official Journal of the European Union Competitive Dialogue Procurement process.

Dan Labbad, CEO at Lendlease, Europe, said: “Smithfield is the birthplace of Birmingham, known for its markets which have always been at the heart of the city. Much like Birmingham itself, the area is brimming with creativity and opportunity. Our plans for the redevelopment will respect this heritage and bring more jobs, homes and environmental benefits to the area and the people of Birmingham.”

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