It is an exciting time for Birmingham. The City is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment in infrastructure and major new development schemes are coming to fruition. Coupled with the wealth of existing cultural and economic assets Birmingham’s national and international standing is going from strength to strength.
Cities cannot however stand still and in an ever globalised world they need to look to the future and at opportunities that can enhance their position and diversify their offer.
Birmingham Smithfield, encompassing one of the largest redevelopment sites in single ownership in the country created by the planned relocation of the wholesale markets, presents one such opportunity to build upon our recent successes and deliver a truly unique asset for the City.
Drawing upon the vibrant heritage as the home of markets and location of the historic medieval manor house and moat, Birmingham Smithfield calls on the area’s original name. Building upon this rich heritage, Birmingham Smithfield can strengthen the City’s position creating a successful new destination with vibrant markets, integration of Midland Metro, a major new public space with Market Square, new activities to diversify the City’s offer including a family leisure quarter and new pedestrian routes and spaces.
This new destination will sit on the doorstep of the existing city centre core with assets such as the Bullring which attracts over 40 million visitors a year spending £2 billion in the local economy. The proximity to major public transport hubs like New Street Station, used by 51 million passengers a year, and the proposed high speed rail terminus at Curzon, will offer unrivalled accessibility to the site for both local residents and international visitors.
Delivering Birmingham Smithfield will also be central to unlocking a much wider area for transformation along the River Rea Corridor and deliver new residential communities and employment opportunities.
What is clear is that Birmingham Smithfield is a once in a generation opportunity
to transform this part of the City. We are delighted to be launching this visioning document as the first step toward realising this potential and delivering a true legacy for Birmingham.
Click here for Birmingham Smithfield – The visioning document
The Birmingham Smithfield Visioning Document is out for public consultation for an eight week period between Thursday 19th March 2015 and Thursday 14th May 2015. The consultation is intended to start the debate on the future of Birmingham Smithfield, enabling ideas to evolve and develop.
To have your say go to http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/birminghamsmithfield