The former chief executive of Birmingham City Council's Eastside team, Richard Green, returned from retirement yesterday to fulfil his ambition to "flatten the Parcelforce depot".
Not surprising, because the presence of the existing Curzon Street buildings have, for some years, overshadowed the council's ambitious regeneration plans. Contractors, DSM have now started demolition.
Eastside Partners acquired the ten-acre complex, which is strategic to the overall redevelopment of the area, in 1994.
Savills and Strutt & Parker are retained on the site and have been working with East-side Partners on development options.
A planning application is due to be submitted shortly for a mixed-use scheme of approximately two million sq ft, which will incorporate a large public square, water features and frontage to the eight-acre City Park.
Councillor Ken Hardeman, the Cabinet member responsible for regeneration, said: "Birmingham has the highest percentage of young people of any major European city. Traditional employment is changing and we need to meet the aspirations of our residents in the UK's second largest city.
"Eastside is Birmingham's biggest regeneration project, transforming 420 acres into a new quarter for learning, technology and heritage. It will provide offices as well as residential, retail and educational facilities; a 24:7 heart to Birmingham.
"As a city and region we need to compete both within Europe and on a global basis for new employment and wealth." ..SUPL: