Construction work has begun on a major redevelopment scheme in the West Midlands town of Longbridge on the outskirts of Birmingham. A key feature of the project will see 37,000 square feet of office space added to West Midlands’ stock next year.
Locally-based development company St Modwen enlisted the London-based construction giant Morgan Sindall to carry out work that will see much of Longbridge transformed.
The bulk of the new offices will be created at Park Point, which is set to offer close to 20,000 sq ft of Grade A offices overlooking Austin Park in the centre of Longbridge. Meanwhile, a separate and slightly smaller two-storey building called Seven House is to be built offering 17,000 sq ft of offices at the same standard.
The cost of the latest phase of the overall project is expected to be around £70 million. The hope for developers is that companies of various sizes will take an interest in floorplates offering between 2,000 and 6,500 sq ft of rentable Birmingham office space.
“Park Point and Seven House will enhance the offering at Longbridge town centre, which will be one of the region’s leading commercial, leisure and retail destinations when it opens in summer 2013,” said St Modwen’s senior development surveyor Mike Murray.
“Businesses based at the buildings will also have access to a wide range of shops, cafes and leisure facilities within the town centre. These include the new Sainsbury’s store which will be opening in summer 2013, as well as the 75 bedroom Premier Inn and Beefeater Grill.”
St Modwen acquired sites across Longbridge back in 2003 and it estimates that the resulting investment has created over 1,500 permanent jobs in and around the town.