The regeneration of the former MG Rover Works (over 150 hectares) is being undertaken by St Modwen Properties Plc and Advantage West Midlands. The masterplan has been developed through joint working with Birmingham City Council and Bromsgrove District Council in the form of an Area Action Plan. It subsequently became the subject of a series of outline planning applications before detailed schemes began construction in 2010.
Longbridge hosts Birmingham’s largest urban bench, seating over 600 people.
- 2,000 residential units
- 1.5 million sqft of employment space
- A network of new cycle and pedestrian routes
- Sculptural earth terraces will form informal amphitheatres
The proposed masterplan includes a new town centre for Longbridge, 2,000 residential units and over 1.5 million sqft of employment space together with new infrastructure in the form of highway upgrades and public spaces.
At the heart of the masterplan the reopened River Rea is surrounded by a necklace of new parks. Longbridge West Park is an ecological park which provides extensive passive recreation facilities. A network of new cycle and pedestrian routes including a new section of the National Cycle Network will link the park to the surrounding community. Overlooking the reopened River Rea a series of sculptural earth terraces will form a series of informal amphitheatres. Bold drifts of native tree and shrub planting will enhance the biodiversity of the site and create a strong sense of seasonal change.