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Consultancy appointed to deliver next phase of Birmingham city plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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Birmingham City Council has appointed design and engineering consultancy Arcadis to deliver the latest phase of its ‘Our Future City Plan’.

This considers the city’s development to 2040. Arcadis will work with the city council and partners on how Birmingham will evolve as a city as areas are regenerated sustainably.

The Our Future City Plan was informed by the Shaping Our City Together consultation conducted in 2021. It follows the Big City Plan (BCP), launched in 2011, which identified key transformation areas and guided developers and investors, and set standards and outlined ambitions.

The next phase encompasses developing proposals for the seven identified Central Renewal Areas of Birmingham. The proposals will reflect the six strategic ‘city themes’ – set out in the Our Future City Plan consultation document – promoting economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Arcadis is the lead consultant and will work with its key partners; Glancy Nicholls Architects and Glenn Howells Architects, PJA, Turley, Knight Frank, JLL and CRTKL on making sure that future growth plans deliver benefits and opportunities for everyone.

The Our Future City Plan was developed alongside a revised Birmingham Development Plan, which is due to be completed this year.

Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a golden decade for Birmingham: The opportunities presented by HS2, expansion of the Midland Metro and the Commonwealth Games, the city will continue to be a major regional, national hub and centre for international investment.

“As the main centre of development activity in our city over the last 30 years, investment in the city centre has provided jobs, homes, improvements to sustainable transport, new cultural destinations and educational opportunities.

“This plan marks a major change from previous approaches to the city centre, with a clear intention to spread the benefits of development and investment into inner city areas, supporting access to infrastructure, jobs and improved public spaces.”

Simon Marks, city executive at Arcadis, added: “Bringing the local understanding and experience of our team, combined with Arcadis’s global reach and best practice, our focus is on addressing the trends that impact the everyday lives of the citizens of Birmingham, ultimately improving quality of life for everyone living, working or travelling across the city.”

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