£1.9 Billion Smithfield Birmingham Scheme Includes 3,000 Homes

Designs for a £1.9 billion landmark scheme that will regenerate Smithfield Birmingham have been submitted to the City Council, following an extensive consultation on the proposals.

The site played a central role in the Commonwealth Games last summer, during which it hosted several games venues as well as the Smithfield Festival. Now this 17-hectare development in the historic heart of the city is set for transformation.

A market has operated on the site for over 200 years. The new scheme will provide a home for the city’s historic Bull Ring markets in a building with a rooftop garden, dining hall and new market square.

The masterplan also creates a Grade A, low-carbon workspace campus of over one million square feet.

The location is close to Birmingham New Street station, along with easy access to the upcoming HS2 rail link.

The plans submitted for approval also include a new events space, Festival Square. The square has been designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architects responsible for the High Line in New York which is due to be replicated in Camden  in London.



If approved, 600 sustainable and modern homes will be delivered at Smithfield Gardens, in a green setting as part of the first phase of work – with around 3,000 homes eventually planned for the whole site.



The scheme is a joint venture between Birmingham City Council and Lendlease.

Alongside masterplanners Prior+Partners and David Kohn Architects which are designing the new market, Lendlease’s design team includes a host of international and local architects and landscape architects, including dRMM, Intervention Architecture, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Minesh Patel Architects and RCKa with, as mentioned, James Corner Field Operations designing the significant new public realm and landscape.


Picture: An artist’s impression of the redevelopment of Smithfield Birmingham



Article written by Cathryn Ellis
23rd February 2023


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