Edgbaston Reservoir is set to undergo a major regeneration to create a new tourism and leisure destination.

Birmingham City Council has unveiled a masterplan to revamp the site on the edge of the city centre which is already a popular spot for walkers, boat clubs and other water sports.

Among the concepts outlined in the plan is 'Thomas Telford Place', described as a landmark development which will bring new life and activity at the site of the former Tower Ballroom.

It will provide a mix of residential, community and leisure uses and incorporate a new promenade.

There are also plans for a new pedestrian and cycling route along the water's edge which will join the reservoir up with the city's wider networks.

CGI of plans to revamp Edgbaston Reservoir
CGI of plans to revamp Edgbaston Reservoir

There will be a signposted 'Tolkien Walk' to connect the reservoir to the historic canalside  Roundhouse in the city centre and encourage movement between buildings such as Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower.

These towers are thought to have influenced JRR Tolkein to write The Two Towers in the Lord of the Rings series.

The reservoir redevelopment would feed into the wider Greater Icknield Plan which includes the Port Loop residential project where work is under way to create around 1,150 new homes.

 

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward said: "This masterplan is the first step towards realising the full potential of the reservoir for the residents of Birmingham.

"With the city's population set to grow by ten per cent over the next 15 years, open spaces such as Edgbaston Reservoir will provide a unique asset to support the health and well-being of existing and future residents."

Edgbaston Reservoir could be transformed into a new leisure and tourism destination under council plans
Edgbaston Reservoir could be transformed into a new leisure and tourism destination under council plans

Cllr Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, added: "There are huge opportunities to enhance the reservoir as a public open space and improve its offer to create a leisure destination that reflects its historic and environmental features.

"The reservoir will continue to sit at the heart of the local community and provide a key green asset that brings people together."

A series of drop-in sessions will be held where the masterplan will be on display and officers will be available to answer any questions.

The consultation closes on June 28 after which a formal planning document will be adopted by the council in autumn 2019.

For more information and to submit a comment visit www.birminghambeheard.org.uk.