Plans for new offices as part of a £330 million development in Edgbaston were handed the green light today.

The New Garden Square project, off Hagley Road, will comprise 400 apartments, bars, restaurants and convenience stores, up to 900 car parking spaces and 500,000 sq ft of office accommodation.

City planning chiefs have today awarded permission for the first phase of the office space which will total 165,000 sq ft over eight storeys.

New Garden Square covers 10.7 acres and is being developed by a partnership of historic Birmingham property group Calthorpe Estates and London-based U+I which specialises in major mixed-use regeneration projects across the UK and Ireland.

New Garden Square will have a mix of residential and commercial space
New Garden Square will have a mix of residential and commercial space

The scheme was designed by Birmingham practice Glenn Howells Architects.

Paul Patenall, projects director at U+I, said: "Today is a momentous decision for the future of Edgbaston.

"We are thrilled that Birmingham City Council's planning team share our vision for New Garden Square and are excited to see our carefully crafted plans become reality.

"Not only will New Garden Square extend the city's core and create a new business destination, it will also attract significant investment and generate jobs.

"The impact of this landmark mixed-use scheme will be evident for generations to come."

Ralph Minott, director of development at Calthorpe Estates, added: "Receiving approval on our reserved matters application is a significant milestone in securing the future of New Garden Square and our vision to create living spaces within a dynamic mixed-use environment.

"As a result, we can now finalise our advanced discussions with a number of potential funding partners, with a view to progressing work on the scheme in the near future.

"Interest in this exciting and truly transformational development is understandably high and we look forward to announcing further information shortly."

 

Dav Bansal, director at Glenn Howells Architects, said: "Developing 'botanical' workplaces where all users have access to garden space is key to the design.

"Office buildings will look out over a series of high-quality gardens and public squares at the heart of the development.

"This amenity extends into the fabric of each building through the provision of terraces and roof gardens, to bring the benefits directly to the occupants and enhance the working environment."

Property agencies Colliers International, CBRE and Highgate Land and Development are currently seeking funders to support construction of the various strands of the project.