Lendlease secures planning for Smithfield Birmingham

Lendlease secures planning for the transformation of Smithfield Birmingham into a mixed-use scheme to include co-living.

Lendlease and Birmingham City Council's Smithfield Birmingham scheme | BTR News
Lendlease and Birmingham City Council's Smithfield Birmingham scheme.

Lendlease has secured planning approval from Birmingham City Council for its plans to transform Smithfield Birmingham into a mixed-use scheme which will include co-living.

The land – bound by Moat Lane, Bradford Street, Rea Street, Pershore Street and Edgbaston Street – will see the demolition of the existing buildings to make way for the new scheme.

It will include co-living, a hotel, retail and food and beverage and office and workspace. The 25,500sqm of co-living floorspace will potentially deliver 270 co-living units, although planning documents state the potential for the space to include around 560 units.

Plans have been shaped by local people from across Birmingham’s diverse communities – including local residents, businesses and community organisations, market traders and a dedicated youth panel.

Located in the historic heart of the city, the £1.9bn Smithfield Birmingham scheme will deliver over 3,000 homes over the coming years and will include affordable homes.

A market has operated on the site for over 200 years. Continuing this long history, the scheme will provide a home for the city’s historic Bull Ring markets. This will form an iconic new centrepiece for the city centre and include a rooftop garden, dining hall and new market square.

The scheme will also deliver a workspace campus of over one million sq ft, designed to foster partnerships and knowledge-sharing, from Grade A workspace to flexible creative space and makerspace.

Plans also include Manor Square – a new event and gathering space that will play host to cultural events for up to 6,900 people.

Smithfield Birmingham is a large, complex development being delivered through a Lendlease and Birmingham City Council partnership, which will be designed and built in multiple phases.

Designed with health and wellbeing at its heart for a post-Covid, low-carbon future, the proposals will nurture a diverse range of companies and individuals.

This will ensure that Birmingham continues to grow and retain its best talent and ideas, as well as attract new businesses to the city from across the UK and all over the globe.

Integrated public transport, an enviable location close to Birmingham New Street station, along with easy access to the upcoming HS2 rail link, will make Smithfield one of the most well-connected areas to conduct business in the country.

Masterplanners Prior+Partners and David Kohn Architects are designing the new market at the scheme.

Lendlease’s design team also includes a host of international and local architects and landscape architects, including dRMM, Intervention Architecture, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Minesh Patel Architects and RCKa, with James Corner Field Operations designing the significant new public realm and landscape.

The project team also includes is Aecom as QS, DP9 as planning consultant, Turner & Townsend as principal advisor to Lendlease, heritage consultant Montagu Evans, structural engineer Arup and transport and civil engineer WSP.

Smithfield Birmingham has the potential to create major economic opportunities, including 8,000 new jobs. Construction is anticipated to start this year, with the first building expected to open in 2028. The entire project is expected to complete in 2023.