Longbridge £2 million Austin Park has a key new focal point – in the shape of a footbridge providing access to acres of lush greenery.
Birmingham-based regeneration company St Modwen hailed the latest milestone in the development of the first park to be built in the area for over 50 years.
The 35 metre bridge spans the River Rea and acts as the main pedestrian link between the newly created town centre, which is due to open later this year, Bournville College and future development phases.
With its single support, the bridge aims to be a main focal point of the area, providing a passageway that blends into natural green surroundings.
The footbridge is the latest addition to the park, which provides a new green space at the heart of St. Modwen’s £1 billion, 468 acre Longbridge regeneration project.
It follows the planting of around 20,000 plants and 550 specially selected trees at the site earlier this year.
Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen said: “We’re really pleased to have completed the next stage of development of Austin Park. The addition of the footbridge brings a functional pedestrian link to the new town centre.
“It is also a modern and attractive centrepiece to the £2 million park, creating a contemporary pedestrian route through the scheme and linking existing areas with new ones
“The bridge’s minimalist design is in keeping with our aim to create a high quality green space, with footpaths, dramatic views and public art reflecting the site’s automotive history.
“Austin Park is the first public park to be built in South West Birmingham in over five decades. It will give Longbridge residents, workers and visitors a place to socialise, exercise and get closer to nature, while bringing economic, social, cultural and environmental values to the new community.”
Planning and design consultants Barton Willmore provided planning and landscape architecture