Occupying a prominent position at the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, the 9.2 acre Arena Central site fronts Broad Street and lies adjacent to Centenary Square and the Library of Birmingham.
With outline planning consent already secured for 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use development set within a brand new, landscaped public realm resembling an urban meadow, Arena Central represents a highly deliverable, highly desirable location for work, leisure and retail.
A joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital, Arena Central is at the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre Enterprise Zone, enabling it to benefit from simplified planning and reduced business rates as well as forming a significant part of the city’s vision for regeneration, as laid out in the Big City Plan.
Arena Central’s public realm is a vital ingredient in securing the delivery of a truly 21st Century mixed-use development.
Created by internationally-renowned multi-disciplinary design practice, Gillespies, the public realm at Arena Central uses materials sympathetic to the established location – ensuring that Arena Central forms seamlessly into its surrounding environment – but breaks from convention with the inclusion of 40 per cent soft landscaping.
Designed to echo statement urban spaces such as New York’s High Line and the Promenade Plantee in Paris, Arena Central’s public realm features a distinctive pedestrian ‘spine’ that runs through the site, connecting the commercial and retail zones fronting Broad Street to the north, with the residential areas to the south.
The landscaping changes in keeping with the use of the environment, with high quality granite paving becoming softer, interspersed with greenery and eventually giving way to a wild meadow. A water channel flows from the north to the south side of the development, forming a series of weirs, rills and cascades, and creating a transition between the contrasting environments.
With a linear grain to the central spine, Gillespies took inspiration for the design from existing public spaces in densely occupied urban locations, encouraging people-flow through a light, airy public realm that provides an oasis away from the hubbub of the city centre.
Future phases will include the creation of Bank Court and Arena Central, large open squares within the development that will build on the same green theme.
Birmingham is undergoing a period of renaissance, with a host of infrastructure projects underway including the £600 million refurbishment of New Street Station, the busiest commuter station outside of London, due to complete in 2015 and creating a fully modernised and enhanced 21st Century transport hub.
The city’s ongoing regeneration is driven by the Big City Plan, the most ambitious and far-reaching citywide development project ever undertaken in the UK. Birmingham is further enhanced by its City Centre Enterprise Zone.
The city’s location at the confluence of the UK’s major road and rail networks makes it one of the most accessible regional cities in the UK.
This connectivity is being further enhanced through initiatives including the recently completed runway extension at Birmingham Airport, enabling truly international links, including direct flights to locations including the West Coast of the United States and China.
Birmingham will also be home to the terminus of the HS2 high speed rail line, connecting the city to London and representing the first phase of a transport initiative that will link the whole of the UK, reduce travel times and ease congestion.
As well as being easy to reach, Birmingham is also easy to traverse, with bus, train, tram and taxi services providing swift routes across the increasingly pedestrian-friendly city. Work is already underway on the extension to the Midland Metro tram system, connecting Snow Hill and New Street stations and on to Centenary Square, with a stop planned directly adjacent to Arena Central in 2017.
With increasingly prohibitive costs for occupiers in London and the south east, Birmingham is fast becoming recognised as a centre for corporate occupiers. This has been underlined with the recent announcement that Deutsche Bank is set to relocate a number of its office functions – including a trading floor – to Birmingham.
A £96 billion regional economy
£2.43 billion expenditure per annum
Over 90% of the UK market within a 4 hour travel time
18 leading universities within one hour radius, producing 111,000 graduates
Situated at the heart of Birmingham city centre, Arena Central fronts the city’s bustling Broad Street and just a stones throw from the A38M, which provides access to the UK’s national motorway network.
The city’s three mainline rail stations – New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill – are just a few minutes’ walk from Arena Central, providing links to destinations throughout the UK, including Birmingham Airport, which provides direct connections to over 143international destinations.
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