Reclamation works have been completed at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH), making it oven ready for the development of up to 150,000 sq ft employment space.
The AMH is one of six Economic Zones being promoted by Birmingham City Council (BCC) to fast track economic development and is a joint venture with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Works at the 4ha site have included the removal of foundations, redundant services, hard standing and old car parks.
This has been made possible with a £1m investment through the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP City Deal, a £22m investment fund to accelerate priority economic and housing projects across Birmingham. This 4ha site is now ready to contribute to the economic renaissance of the LEP region
Savills are currently marketing the site and are receiving strong interest now the works have been undertaken, having already secured the first tenant Hyrdaforce. Over a 15-year period, the AMH will deliver 20ha of employment land and generate up to 3,000 jobs.
The parties have put in place a Local Development Order for these three plots which provides a purchaser with planning consent for B1 and B2 development which will speed up the development of the plots and reduced upfront costs.
Chris Webster, board director for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), responsible for optimising assets and Enterprise Zone champion, said: “Vital space for employment and business to expand and locate to the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area is being realised due the AMH.
“The AMH is providing investment via the City Deal Public Assets Accelerator, an innovative partnership developed to create a rolling asset-based vehicle to unlock the potential of underused public land for housing and employment.
“Additional investment, secured as part of our £357m Growth Deal, will go a long way to expanding the economy in the region and increasing the prospects for even more jobs and the continued opportunity to deliver growth.”
Cllr Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said:
“This exciting development captures the importance of the advanced manufacturing sector to Birmingham and the West Midlands and will provide opportunities for the growing automotive supply chain, as well as other advanced manufacturing activity, demand for which is forecast to accelerate, given the successful performance of this industry across the region.
“With high quality sites that meet the needs of the market, Birmingham is able to nurture growing businesses, stimulate inward investment and generate much needed employment opportunities for both local communities and the wider region.”
Christine Addison, Executive Director for the HCA, said: “This milestone is testament to the continued work of the HCA and City Council to ready the Birmingham AMH for development. Our land and investment are helping to provide a world-class offer at the site, creating an attractive offer for businesses. In turn this will create new jobs for local people and provide a welcome economic boost for the area."