Birmingham is experiencing the most significant period of change as businesses relocate from London and billions of pounds of investment transform the city’s landscape and economy. The city’s new development pipeline is growing, creating new neighbourhoods and locations for leisure, living, and working.
Home to the HS2 Interchange Station and one of the country’s best-connected development sites, Arden Cross is a masterplan with a vision to create and deliver up to 3,000 new homes, support up to 27,000 new jobs as well as six million sq ft of commercial space development connected through the public realm and green spaces. Historic landscape features will also be retained and enhanced throughout the site as a part of courter criticism that such a sizeable chunk of greenbelt land will be built on.
Linking the new HS2 Interchange Station to the nearby NEC, Airport, Resorts World, and Birmingham International station, Arden Cross will provide direct access to London and the major regional centres of England via the high-speed rail network. A new £3 billion site is an integral part of the wider plan for the UK Central Hub and has the potential to boost the regional economy of the Midlands by £1 billion.
The masterplan document, which sets out the proposed framework and structure is not set in stone and the team behind the scheme has opened it up to public consultation last month to explore what other options could be pursued.
Ben Gray, Arden Cross project director, said: “The intention for Arden Cross is to deliver a world-class development with the HS2 Interchange Station at its heart, and by bringing our masterplan details out to public consultation, we are a step closer to deliver that ambition. Our 346-acre site provides the opportunity to deliver significant economic growth and a sustainable mixed-use environment, bringing together new homes, work and learning places, all served by extensive transport links and car-free public spaces.
Arden Gate is exactly the kind of vision and ambition that will help to create unprecedented economic growth and realise the potential of Solihull and the region.