A new community is emerging in Longbridge, thanks to a £1 billion redevelopment project from developer St. Modwen.
Another site to add to the region’s growing portfolio of brownfield regeneration, 468 acres of former industrial land is being transformed into a thriving mixed-use development.
Now around 50% of the way through this long-term project, St. Modwen has already delivered over 450 family homes, a £100 million town centre, new offices, the £66 million Bournville College, Longbridge Technology Park and the three-acre Austin Park.
Over 3,700 permanent and construction jobs have been created in the last seven years of the development’s history.
And there’s more to come. In October, plans to build a 48,000 sq ft Grade A office development were submitted, marking the largest, speculatively developed new out-of-town office space in Birmingham.
Known as Two Park Square, the proposed development would see a four-storey HQ-style building providing modern, high-quality, flexible workspace with employee wellbeing at its heart. Overlooking Austin Park – three-acres of idyllic green space in Longbridge Town Centre – Two Park Square is expected to create a further 450 jobs in the town once fully occupied.
Robert Flavell, Senior Director – Regeneration (Midlands and North), said:
“Longbridge is fast becoming a hub for innovative living and working. Our proposed design reflects a campus style that sits at the very heart of the town and would make an ideal headquarters for a business looking to relocate to a suburban setting.
“We’re currently at full occupancy for commercial space in Longbridge so this development presents a unique opportunity for a business to take advantage of new-age office space that’s modern and ideally located.
“Longbridge is already a brilliant place to do business and we’re committed to diversifying its offer and truly unlocking its potential for the next phase.”
The town is already a thriving hub of business activity, with anchor retail brands M&S and Sainsbury’s located in its centre.
The £100 million Technology Park also provides workspace for nearly 60 start-up businesses and is recognised as a leading centre for tech innovation in the West Midlands. In 2020, the park will welcome a new occupier - professional services firm, Barnett Waddingham to 3 Devon Way. This deal was the largest out-of-town letting in the region in Q4 of 2018 and brings another 150 jobs to the town.
St. Modwen will be attending MIPIM 2020 as part of the Midlands UK delegation. Organised by the West Midlands Growth Company for the fourth year running, Midlands UK brings together the East and West Midlands to showcase investment opportunities and demonstrate the region as a fast-growing hub of economic activity.
To find out more about Midlands UK’s plans for MIPIM 2020, see https://midlandsukmipim.com/
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