Birmingham will be at the heart of the UK High Speed Rail network providing a once-in-a-century opportunity to radically enhance the city’s national rail connectivity and accelerate its economic growth potential. A brand new city centre HS2 station, Birmingham Curzon, will be the catalyst for a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in a prime location. The Curzon masterplan sets out the City Council’s aims for the station and demonstrates the regeneration potential of the surrounding 141 hectares that could result in a £4bn economic uplift.
The 141 hectare regeneration area comprises over 30 strategic development opportunities and is within the extended City Centre Enterprise Zone. These sites can provide around 4,000 new homes and 600,000m2 of commercial, leisure and market floorspace.
With preparatory work underway the station will be operational within the period 2029-2033. A £724m investment programme has been agreed with the UK Government for Curzon, which will integrate the station into the city centre, lead to the expansion of the Midland Metro network and provide the necessary infrastructure to unlock key sites bringing growth and development forward within the city and beyond. Birmingham City Council is working with the Homes England, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP as well as private sector landowners, to help bring forward investable development projects within the Curzon Masterplan area.
- The 141 hectare regeneration area comprises over 30 strategic development opportunities and is within the extended City Centre Enterprise Zone.
- BCC has master planned the area around the HS2 terminus and has a £725m investment plan (Enterprise Zone) for the area including extensions to our current Metro tram network.
- The masterplan area can provide around 4,000 new homes and 600,000m2 of commercial, leisure and market floorspace.
Why invest in Birmingham?
Birmingham, the UK’s second city is the urban heart of the West Midlands. It offers unparalleled connectivity, cultural diversity and economic buzz.
The Big City Plan has transformed the city centre, attracting a new mix of business services, tech, creative industries and life sciences, with a specialised focus on advanced manufacturing and green industry.
The city of a thousand trades, as Birmingham was once known, is now the city of a thousand start-ups, 8,000 acres of green space, one hundred languages, 90,000 university students and leading restaurants serving 27 different national cuisines.
Birmingham’s population is also one of the youngest in Europe and is growing fast and expected to reach 1.25 million over the next 20 years.
This is a golden decade for Birmingham, when the 2022 Commonwealth Games, urban regeneration programmes and the arrival of HS2 will transform the city, its public profile, its connectivity, and its offer to businesses and residents, placing Birmingham at the heart of the West Midlands’ economic revival.
Insight for investors
- Type of investment sought: Development Partner/Funder or Equity investor
- Value and cost info: £1+billion GDV
- Site size: 141 Hectares
- Jobs: 36000
- Timescale: 2018-2036
- Delivery timescale: 1-5 years
- Planning status: Full, outline and hybrid consent for different sites