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 has a national and international standing, going from strength to strength.
Birmingham Smithfield, encompasses 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 recent successes and deliver a truly unique asset for the City.
Building upon its 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 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.