Port Loop


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Port Loop is Birmingham’s rediscovered island. Masterplanned by GHA, this major development is being delivered by Places for People and Urban Splash in association with Birmingham City Council and the Canal & River Trust.

Surrounded by historic canal and just a fifteen minutes’ walk from Birmingham city centre, this transformational new island neighbourhood has already come alive as a sustainable and healthy place to live. The first phase of new adaptable, low-carbon and high-quality homes is now complete and the first residents are already making the most of the communal gardens and green spaces, to arrange events including open-air cinema and pizza nights. The Floating Front Room – an outdoor coffee shop on the canal – is already open for business, as is YARD, Birmingham’s first Art House.

In total, Port Loop will deliver 1,150 homes and for phase one, we worked alongside Maccreanor Lavington, Shedkm and Grant Associates to develop spacious modern homes for the site. Future phases will be masterplanned by ourselves and will include a variety of typologies that utilise Modern Methods of Construction, including our tactile Brick House alongside Shedkm’s Town House and Row House.

As the unique location is circled by a kilometre of historic canal, and is adjacent to the peaceful Edgbaston reservoir, over 1.5km of new towpaths will help connect the new neighbourhood to Birmingham city centre and beyond.

A unique manifesto for the site has been developed, outlining "10 Rules to Live and Design By" will inform the future development. Ideas include the redevelopment of exisiting industrial warehouses to be used as a social and events space, co-working area, parcel drop-off hub, coffee shop and bike repair shop.

10 Rules to Live and Design by

01. Love thy neighbourhood
02. Play out ‘til tea
03. Plant everything that doesn’t move
04. No more ironing, ever
05. Be green without trying
06. Live well by accident
07. Be a native
08. Live how you like
09. Change when you want
10. Work where you want