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First plans for Arena Central development submitted

Words: Sam Waddicor

The first planning application for a building in the £400 million redevelopment of the area around Birmingham Library has been revealed.

If approved by councillors, the eight-storey 1 Arena Central development will include space for 135,000 square feet of grade A office space and 5,000 sq ft of retail units on the ground floor. It will form the first part of massive £400m, 9.2-acre mixed-use development in the citty centre.

Permission for the joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital has already been granted for 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use space, including 860,000 sq ft of offices, more than 200,000 sq ft of residential units, 2,500 car parking spaces and more than 1.2m sq ft of retail and leisure units. There are also plans for cycling storage in the basement car park, as well as a bus station for the development to improve the existing public transport links.

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said: “Arena Central represents a key opportunity to unlock a prime piece of development land right at the heart of the city centre. Birmingham is continuing to reinforce its reputation as a centre for high quality, blue chip occupiers, and in order to ensure that we are able to meet the growing demand for office space in the city, it is essential that we encourage the development of forward-thinking schemes such as Arena Central.”

As part of the phased development programme, clearance work on some of the existing buildings has already begun at the site. Construction is due to begin in early 2015 with a provisional finish first stage date of 2017.