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Urban Regeneration

The UK Central Hub Solihull including Arden Cross and the NEC

The Hub sits at the centre of the UK’s transportation network and is unique in offering development opportunities which benefit from unrivalled connectivity. With the arrival of high speed rail and with major investment in local transport infrastructure, The Hub will become Europe’s best-connected destination for business, leisure and living; a new and outstanding gateway to the UK.

Key facts

By 2030, The Hub, incorporating Arden Cross & the NEC, will become an environment to deliver:
• 70,000 new and existing jobs
• Up to 8,000 homes
• 650,000 m2 commercial space
• £6.2bn GVA per annum
• 1.3m people with a 45-minute public transport commute

Opportunity location

Why invest in Solihull?

One of the most productive economies and fastest growing labour markets in the country, UK Central Solihull attracts international investment and global names, home to Jaguar Land Rover, Changan Automotive, Rolls Royce and Gymshark.

Combining a highly skilled workforce, unrivalled quality of life, exceptional connectivity and unlimited opportunity, UK Central Solihull provides a compelling investment proposition.

At MIPIM 2022 UK Central Solihull will be showcasing ambitious plans for the UK Central Hub, home to Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Station, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and Arden Cross, the new mixed-use destination which will be the location of the new HS2 Interchange Station – the first outside London.

The Hub has the potential to support up to 70,000 jobs and deliver over 650,000 sq m of prime commercial space, 8,000 new homes and £6.2 billion GVA per year.

Our Urban Growth Company is leading infrastructure investment and development to create a brand new, sustainable urban quarter at Arden Cross, with high-speed rail and unrivalled connectivity at its heart.

The NEC masterplan proposes the transformation of over 67 acres to new residential, office, leisure and community spaces, incorporating 5,000 new homes and supporting 3,500 new jobs.

Major transport investment ranging from new and improved motorway junctions to upgrades of the local highways network, along with new public transport routes, further add to The Hub’s attractiveness.

Solihull’s town centre also presents a range of exciting commercial and residential development opportunities, with significant investment committed to further public realm and transport infrastructure enhancement.

With a track record of innovative housing delivery and ambitions to accelerate development across Council owned sites, UK Central Solihull offers a range of potential sites for innovative schemes in strategic locations, linked to our economic growth agenda.

Our ambition is underpinned by a commitment to sustainable development, adding value to commercial opportunities and showcasing the region’s strength in low carbon expertise as a national exemplar of future placemaking.

Insight for investors

• Type of Investment Sought: Long-term equity investor, large-scale development funder
and operational partner (property, utilities and infrastructure)
• Value and cost info: £3bn+ GDV
• Site Size: 1,300Ha
• Jobs: 70,000
• Timescale: Phase One (up to 2023), Phase Two (2024–2028), Phase Three (2029 onwards)
• Delivery Timescale: 1+ years
• Planning Status: Proposed for development in Solihull Council Local Plan

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Primary promoter

Solihull Council, Arden Cross Ltd and the NEC Group.