The site we are proposing to develop is currently an area that is in need of development - large portions are currently empty and the rest is occupied by a number of commercial and industrial building.
The proposed development site is located to the south east of Birmingham City centre. The site is approximately 7.38 acres and is bounded by Moseley Street to the north, Lombard Street to the east, MacDonald Street and Adelaide Street to the south and Barford Street to the west. The brownfield site is currently partly occupied by a number of commercial and industrial buildings, the Digbeth Funfair and some empty plots.
The area is undergoing substantial change. To the north is the site of the former Smithfield wholesale markets, which will host Commonwealth Games basketball and beach volleyball before being redeveloped by a partnership between Lendlease and Birmingham City Council. To the east is Digbeth, which itself is set to undergo considerable regeneration and redevelopment. The site is within walking distance of the city centre, Birmingham New Street and Moor Street stations and the new Curzon Street HS2 station, which is due to open in 2028.
Birmingham is undergoing a generational period of change. The City Council’s “Our Future City Plan” (OFCP) sets out a bold and imaginative vision for Central Birmingham over the next 20 years. It looks to create a connected city by restoring urban waterways and delivering biodiverse landscapes, while protecting the rich diversity of the city’s built and social heritage.
To help deliver on this plan, the City Council has prepared the Rea Valley Urban Quarter Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD presents the next chapter in the story of Birmingham’s regeneration, a vision of sustainable, well-connected, liveable mixed-use neighbourhoods, built around the historic River Rea.
The ideas and thinking from BCC’s OFCP and SPD have played a key role in informing the design and evolution of Dandara’s plans for Warners Fields.