"Birmingham is currently experiencing an unprecedented period of change as billions of pounds of investment transform the city’s economy. Over the next decade this will continue at a dramatic pace as new jobs, transport facilities and residential communities are delivered. The impact of this will see Birmingham realise its full potential, becoming a truly international city at the centre of a successful region and a driving force of the UK. As one of the largest and most attractive city centre development sites in the country, Birmingham Smithfield will be a key part of this evolving growth story. The site has all the ingredients to become a hugely successful and vibrant place. It will be able to capitalise on the rich history of the area; proximity to the major retail offer, the creative quarter and knowledge hub and the future city centre terminus for High Speed 2. The future vision for Birmingham Smithfield includes new vibrant retail markets, exciting family leisure, cultural buildings, homes, public squares and transport facilities.
Delivering 300,000sq.m of new floorspace, 2,000 new homes and an investment value of over £500 million. But what will be truly transformational is the creation of a legacy for the city; a place for people that stands the test of time as an international exemplar of sustainable development. As part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Zero Emissions Cities programme Birmingham Smithfield is already at the forefront of this agenda.
This masterplan is a statement of intent for the future. The city council is committed to delivering the transformational potential and realising the vision. This masterplan sets out the vision and principles that will form the basis of the delivery of this unique opportunity for the city." - Councillor John Clancy Leader Birmingham City Council