Hammerson’s Martineau Galleries plans get green light

Hammerson’s plans to transform the Martineau Galleries area of Birmingham city centre has been given the green light.

Hammerson, which owns and manages Bullring & Grand Central, submitted a planning application to Birmingham City Council for the regeneration of its Martineau Galleries site last summer.

The plans look to regenerate the 7.5-acre Martineau Galleries site which includes the Square Shopping Centre, Dale End car park and 1-7 Dale End, and will create 8,000 full-time jobs on site.

Proposals include the delivery of 1,300 new homes for approximately 2,400 people, for rent and purchase, and up to 1.4m sq ft of workspace that will offer opportunities for a range of businesses, as well as a new city centre hotel, restaurants and cafes.

The Martineau Galleries project was announced by Hammerson in July 2018 and is part of the company’s City Quarters scheme, where Hammerson will transform many of its city venues beyond pure retail into successful neighbourhoods providing homes, workspace and accessible public areas.

Robin Dobson, UK director of development and project management at Hammerson said: “City Quarters is all about creating thriving, mixed-use environments where people can live, work and relax in exceptional neighbourhoods, adjacent to our flagship destinations.

“Hammerson has a strong track record of delivering the places where people want to be, and this expertise will be applied to our City Quarters developments to create exciting, vibrant spaces in the UK’s very best cities.”