Construction work has started on a major new supermarket in Edgbaston.

The 50,000 sq ft Morrisons scheme at Five Ways will include 330 parking spaces and five other retail units to let.

The supermarket giant have started the works following the acquisition of the site from Calthorpe Estates while planning permission was granted by Birmingham City Council in March 2011.

David Darbyshire, project manager for Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC Stores, said: “Five Ways is at the gateway of one of Birmingham City Centre’s main arterial commuter routes and close to Harborne, Edgbaston and City Centre homes and businesses. It is an ideal location to position one of our new format stores that will sell a full fresh food and grocery offer. We have commissioned Davis Weatherill Partnership, who are Birmingham based Architects, on what will be an impressive landmark development with a stunning frontage onto the Hagley Road.”

Stephen Davis, Partner at Davis Weatherill said: “There has been an involved and creative process to produce an innovative design. The scheme will sit next to Edgbaston’s Conservation Area, on one side and the commercially based Hagley road on the other. The old Edgbaston Shopping Centre reached the end of its useful life and this new development will be an attractive shopping destination ideally located for commuters and people living and working in the area.”