PLANS to build the biggest Birmingham out-of-town office block in a decade in Longbridge have been submitted with the potential to bring 450 new jobs to the area.
The development, proposed for land adjacent to Bournville College and the A38 Bristol Road, is the next stage of St Modwen’s £1billion regeneration for the area.
The four-storey headquarters-style building in Park Square will be designed to provide modern work spaces overlooking the three-acre Austin Park.
There will also be secure car parking, cycle storage, state-of-the-art showers and a roof terrace looking out over the park and town centre.
As part of wider public realm improvements, a new cycle route will be introduced through Austin Park in 2020, connecting the town centre with Rubery, Rednal and Northfield.
The owners are hoping the transport links, including the A38 nearby, the M5 and M42 ten minutes away and the revamped Longbridge Railway Station, will make it an attractive proposition for companies to expand to or set up shop.
So far Longbridge has had a town centre, anchored by M&S and Sainsbury’s, a £100million Technology Park which accommodates 60 start-up businesses and is recognised as one of the West Midlands’ leading technology hubs.
Next year Barnett Waddingham will take up its space bringing another 150 jobs to the town.
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.”
For additional information on Two Park Square, please contact Andrew Venables at Avison Young or Nick Williams at Savills.