Sir Euan Anstruther-Gough Calthorpe’s Calthorpe Estates has unveiled plans for transforming the leafy Birmingham suburb of Edgbaston into an urban village within a mile of the city centre.
The Village is an ambitious blueprint to create a high quality retail and leisure destination. Greenfield Crescent between Calthorpe Road and Harborne Road would be redesigned as a new public space with landscaping, green spaces, shops and leisure facilities targeted at office workers, students, residents and visitors.
The plans are subject to detailed discussions with Birmingham City Council, but could bring in specialist food shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, beauty clinics and fitness facilities as well as hotels and residential development.
Other plans from Calthorpe include two hotels and a restaurant and bar due to open in Highfield Road next year, and a bar and restaurant and drive-through coffee bar in Calthorpe Road.
One of Calthorpe Estates major projects currently under way is the £34 million regeneration of the site of the old BBC studios at Pebble Mill which is to include a new five-storey dental hospital and dentistry school.
Work has begun on the new development which is being led by Calthorpe Estates along with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Birmingham and Solihull LIFT and the University of Birmingham. Construction group Galliford Try is carrying out the project.
The development dovetails with Calthorpe Estate’s ambitions for the site, with a focus on employment and training to develop a medical, technology and sporting community. A 62-room Bupa care home is also planned.
Calthorpe Estates continues to pick up accolades on a regular basis for developments on its 1,550 acre estate in Edgbaston, which incorporates one of the UK’s biggest conservation areas.
Sir Euan Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe’s stated aim is to ensure that the Calthorpe Estate is a superb place in which to live and work, just a mile west of the city centre. Sir Euan has worked closely with the management team of Calthorpe Estates and the board of trustees to develop the Edgbaston estate sympathetically, and in a sustainable way.
The Estate has been overseen by 47 year-old Sir Euan’s family – one of the oldest in Birmingham – since 1717. Throughout that time the family refused to allow factories or warehouses to be built within the Estate, so creating a high quality urban village, and leading to the area’s high property values. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that Edgbaston – then a town in its own right – came under Birmingham administration.
The original family home of the Gough-Calthorpes is now Edgbaston Golf Club.
Calthorpe Estates holding company, Calthorpe Holdings, made a loss of £1.2 million in 2011-12, but net assets rose from £5 million to £6.5 million.
The Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe family lives in Elvetham in Hampshire. Sir Euan has property interests in Europe and the Gulf and interests in America.