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Mixed-use development approved in Digbeth

Words: Laura Edgar
Bordesley Junction / shedkm architects

Birmingham City Council has granted planning permission for up to 2,000 homes, creative workspace, and leisure and retail amenities near the Grand Union Canal.

Developer HUB and National Express are behind the development, while the masterplan was designed by architects shedkm.

The homes, which will be available for sale, rent and student accommodation, workspace and amenities will be linked by more than two acres of public realm. More than 200 metres of canal frontage will be opened up and turned into a waterfront destination.

The six-acre site borders the Grand Union Canal and close to the Duddeston Viaduct. It is located in the heart of the Digbeth regeneration area and is less than a 15-minute walk from the centre of Birmingham.

shedkm produced a series of design codes intended to guarantee that what is built reflects Digbeth’s industrial heritage.

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, added: “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.”

An agreement between HUB and National Express was made in January 2019. Avison Young acted as planning consultant for HUB, and Vail Williams supported National Express.

Image credit | shedkm