Hamiltons and Curzon Park Ltd gain planning for major mixed-use in Birmingham
Curzon Park Ltd, a Joint Venture between developers Development Securities Plc and Grainger Plc today confirmed the City Council’s planning committee has approved outline plans for a major mixed-use development masterplanned by Hamiltons Architects Ltd.
Located at Birmingham’s Eastside, work on the 10.5 acre (4.2 ha) site of freehold land is expected to commence towards the end of this year.
The outline planning permission provides for 1.4 million sq ft (130,000 sq m) of office, residential, hotel and leisure uses. Representing a key element of Birmingham City Council’s Eastside regeneration plans, Curzon Park is strategically important to the extension of the city core.
With the scheme representing circa £400m worth of investment, award-winning architects Hamiltons has created the masterplan for the site bounded to the East by the Digbeth Canal and to the North and West by Birmingham’s proposed new 8 acre (3.2 ha) City Park.
The masterplan is designed to create a unique identity and sense of place whilst being an integral part of a much wider and vibrant community, mediating between, and facilitating links with the surrounding city centre. The design incorporates Curzon Street Station and the new City Park which together will form the heart of Eastside. Curzon Street Station will become the centrepiece of a newly created public square which provides an elegant setting for the Grade II listed building and forms the gateway into the new development.
The first phase will incorporate a 120,000 sq ft (11,150 sq m) speculative office building, a 200-bedroom hotel and retail/leisure space. Whilst meeting the demand of the commercial sector in the city, Curzon Park will connect with Birmingham’s universities and colleges.
David Enticknap of Curzon Park Ltd, said: “Development Securities, Grainger and Hamiltons have worked closely with Birmingham City Council to develop a masterplan providing a wide range of modern buildings set in high quality landscaped public spaces. Curzon Park will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of Eastside and the Big City Plan.”
Eastside is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK, covering 170 hectares of Birmingham city centre. The Curzon Park development will be a valuable addition to the renaissance of the learning quarter, contributing to the creation of 12,000 jobs when the regeneration project is complete.