Longbridge developers St Modwen have submitted plans to Birmingham City Council for a large new office building in the town centre – with the potential for up to 450 jobs.

Sitting between Bournville College, Bristol Road South and Austin Park, developers say Two Park Square is the biggest speculatively developed new out-of-town office development in Birmingham in a decade.

Marking the next phase of St. Modwen’s £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge, the proposal outlines a four-storey HQ-style building, designed to provide modern, high quality, flexible workspace with employee wellbeing at its heart.

Overlooking Austin Park, Two Park Square is expected to create a further 450 jobs in the town once fully occupied.

With great transport links – locally and nationally – Longbridge is ideally situated for many businesses.

The newly developed town centre is now becoming established, with anchor retail brands such M&S and Sainsbury’s and the £100 million Technology Park which accommodates nearly 60 start-up businesses and is recognised as a leading tech hub in the West Midlands. A further 15- jobs will be brought to the town centre next year, when professional services firm, Barnett Waddingham move in to 3 Devon Way (next to The Factory Youth Centre).

Developers say that Two Park Square will cater for the needs of a modern workforce, with secure car parking, cycle storage, state-of-the-art shower facilities and a roof terrace overlooking the nearby parkland and bustling town centre. As part of wider public realm improvements, a new cycle route will be introduced through Austin Park in 2020, which will connect the town centre with its neighbouring communities such as Rubery, Rednal and Northfield.

Robert Flavell, Head of Major Projects for the Midlands and North, said: “Longbridge is fast becoming a hub for innovative living and working. Our proposed design reflects a campus style that sits at the very heart of the town and would make an ideal headquarters for a business looking to relocate to a suburban setting.

“We’re currently at full occupancy for commercial space in Longbridge so this development presents a unique opportunity for a business to take advantage of new-age office space that’s modern and ideally located.

“Longbridge is already a brilliant place to do business and we’re committed to diversifying its offer and truly unlocking its potential for the next phase.”

Andrew Venables of Avison Young and Nick Williams of Savills, joint agents for the site, added: “Two Park Square is innovative in its own right and will be the only development of its kind south of Birmingham. Increased investment and development in Birmingham and the wider area means it’s a pivotal moment for Longbridge to continue to build on its proven credentials as a business destination.

“There’s a real appetite for out-of-town space and we’re confident Two Park Square will drive continued growth in the local area.”

You can view the full planning application on Birmingham City Council’s Planning Online. Application reference: 2019/08498/PA

3 COMMENTS

  1. I welcome this application – it is about time the business park was fully utliised as originally intended, and this kind of blue-chip office space could well attract some new or existing tech industries, which in turn will attract a broad range of skill-sets offering opportunities to all, rather than just retail.

  2. A new office block that will have loads of empty offices because the rents will be too high. I thought Longbridge Town Centre was supposed to be an attractive shopping area with lots of open space. It is fast becoming a place full of fast food outlets and buildings with no occupants. Whilst, I can see the benefit of office space for businesses, we all know that many of these businesses will already have a full compliment of staff, so the likelihood of them recruiting local people to work for them is highly unlikely. Also, wouldn’t it be better to fill the office currently being built on the opposite side of the road, before deciding if there is a demand for more.

  3. I agree with Sarah. I thought the area around Austin park was meant to be more retail and somewhere to socialize. At the moment there’s a lack of quality and variety. Bring in some bar/restaurant’s and more choice of shops.

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