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Hammerson secures consent for flagship Birmingham scheme

February 12, 2020 by NSC in Weekly News
Developer Hammerson has been given the go-ahead by Birmingham City Council for its Martineau Galleries, which will create a new neighbourhood, providing homes, workspace, hotel rooms and a new town square.

Martineau Galleries is said to represent the most strategic regeneration scheme to come forward within Birmingham’s inner city core, delivering:

  • 1,300 new homes for approximately 2,400 people who are predicted to spend in the region of £23M per year on local goods and activities;
  • 110,000 overnight stays per year at a new hotel, bringing £7M per year into the local economy;
  • 8,000 full-time jobs supported on site;
  • 350 full-time construction jobs supported per year over the life of the project;
  • A £225M boost to Birmingham’s economy and;
  • A signature gateway to Birmingham adjacent to Curzon Street station.

Hammerson said the vibrant new neighbourhood will also provide a public realm, including a central square, boulevard and new residential streets, which will be accessible and sustainable. These spaces will be available for community and cultural events, and leisure activities such as pop-up bars, food trucks and performances from local groups.

Robin Dobson, UK Director of Development and Project Management at Hammerson said, “We are pleased to confirm that our mixed-use masterplan for Martineau Galleries has been given a resolution to grant by Birmingham City Council. Hammerson has a strong track record in mixed-use placemaking and in delivering for Birmingham, having transformed the city centre with the opening of the iconic Bullring in 2003.

“Our plans for Martineau Galleries represent a step-change in our strategy, moving beyond pure retail, as we continue to deliver vibrant, continually evolving spaces, in and around thriving cities.”

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