Lendlease appointed to develop urban centre in Birmingham, UK

Australian-based international property developer Lendlease has been appointed by the Birmingham City Council as its development partner for the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site in Birmingham, UK. Lendlease and the city council will form a joint venture to manage the project.
The £1.5 billion ($2.59 billion) development of the urban quarters will include a new home for the city’s historical Bull Ring retail markets, a new family-friendly leisure and cultural area, a new public square, an integrated public transport system, as well as more than 2,000 homes with a public park and community facilities.
An impression of the future developments on the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site (Pictures: Lendlease)
The first phase of development will include new residential buildings, a new retail market building, and public spaces. Development is expected to commence in 2022, and the entire project is expected to take 15 years to complete.
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This urban redevelopment is part of the city’s “Big City Plan” launched in 2010, which sets out a 25-year growth vision for the city centre. The site being developed is adjacent to the Birmingham New Street train station, and will be a short walk to the upcoming High Speed 2 City Centre Terminus Station, which is expected to open in 2026.
An artist impression of the public square to be constructed
Lendlease has a track record of major urban projects in the UK, including the iconic Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and the 2012 Athletes’ Village. It is continuing works on International Quarter London, a major commercial scheme in Stratford.